Kate Flatt

Mentoring and professional development

Kate’s approach to mentoring can help choreographers from all dance backgrounds to clarify their intentions and aspirations and establish a stronger conviction in finding their artistic voice.  Her range of experiences can offer insight to mentees, and challenges towards fresh ways that a work can evolve.

Kate’s experience of high-level collaboration has resulted in wisdom and insight she is able to share about demanding situations. Kate believes that development is accelerated by challenges, pushing the maker to deeper levels of creativity, honing craft and skills  – in the moment and on the rehearsal room floor.


Choreographic: Accompanying the development and shaping of a complete work, clarifying the mentees incentives and passions, from R&D through to finished presentation with regular feedback.

Career development: Kate’s approach has a particular emphasis on portfolio careers and dancers or choreographers making the transition into applied choreography for text-based theatre, opera or music theatre.

Recent mentoring includes

 – Cohan Collective at PDSW 2018 with four emerging choreographers participating on the intensive experience of working with composers.

 – The Bench Female Choreographers Fellowships 2016-2018 the initiative with 2 Faced Dance which supports the development of female choreographers.

 – Dance East mentoring of three community dance artists presenting work in a theatrical setting for the project Inkwell in 2017.

 – OnedanceUK schemes for Observership and mentoring. 2012-2018

– Other schemes include Marion North Mentorship, Central School of Ballet MA Choreography and informal ongoing relationships.

Workshops, Master classes and Intensives for professional development.

One day, weekend, three day or longer courses with focus on the client levels of understanding and needs.


– Doorway Project. The first series was an initiative with David Lan at Young Vic for Directors and Choreographers working together on texts,  sharing the floor, collaboration and enabling capacity for new synergy in creative work. Doorway Project 2019 edition – see news – is ACE funded to enable nominated practitioners to work together on source texts.

– Workshops in UK include RAM MA Music Theatre for a four week project on new work 2019.

– International work includes choreographic intensive with Barcelona Ballet Project; workshops in South Korea on musical theatre. 2018-2019

– One day Professional development workshops for emerging choreographers on developing narrative work. 2017-18



Kate’s experience of Higher Education is invaluable in the development of HE courses. She can offer advice on teaching strategies, course preparation, validations and external examining, with particular reference to creative work, choreography and professional practice.

Kate is experienced at defining the interface between practice and scholarship, particularly in industry related studies at FE, undergraduate and postgraduate levels.





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