Katy is in her third year teaching courses in acting, voice, and musical theatre at Nolte Academy.
Katy also works as a professional actor, director, and dialect coach, most recently with Riverside Theatre, Working Group Theatre, Mirrorbox Theatre, and Revival Theatre Company.
Get 2 Know Katy!
I toured the country to fight bullying with theatre! I was a cast member in the first national tour of Jennifer Fawcett's award-winning play Out of Bounds, produced by Working Group Theatre and directed by Sean Christopher Lewis. Out of Bounds is a play about how cyber-bullying affects middle school students and their parents who try to help them. Though the story is a work of fiction, the ideas were based on interviews with teachers, counselors, police officers, social workers, parents and kids. We got to go everywhere from Las Vegas to Parker, CO to Newark, NJ with the show, and after performing we would lead talkbacks and workshops to engage our audiences in conversations about bullying and teach them how to use forum theatre activities to "rehearse for real life." This experience changed my life. It's easy for people to think that theatre is all about playing pretend or escaping reality, but it can also be used as a tool for social change!
I have run up a mountain in a hail storm! My best friend Laura and her husband live in Littleton, CO, and a few years ago I thought it would be fun to start a new tradition of flying out there with my son Jack once a year to hike and camp and make memories. Though I like to think the highlight was on our third annual trip when we hiked Royal Arch Trail, I know Jack's favorite memory was from our second trip. We were camping at Golden Gate Canyon State Park, and Laura and I had taken Jack to the restrooms at the bottom of the hill. Suddenly, the weather got bad. And I mean BAD! It was raining really hard. We knew we had to make it back to the tent, so I put Jack (then seven years old) on my back and took off running. Let me tell you, when you are used to living in Iowa, running uphill at that elevation with a small child on your back is no small feat! Of course, as luck would have it, as soon as I started running, the rain turned to hail. HAIL. Jack and I both started cracking up. We made it safely back to the tent, changed into dry clothes and cuddled up to read a Harry Potter book. It was certainly memorable, and when Jack told me that me running up a mountain in a hail storm will always be his favorite Colorado memory, I knew he had a flair for the dramatic, just like his mama.
Want to know more about Katy?
Visit her website: http://www.katyhahn.com
We are excited to present Dance Works this June at Space Place Theatre. Our production will feature excerpts from Paquita, restaged by Sarah Barragan, original contemporary ballet pieces by Mauro Villanueva and Alfred Martin, and original contemporary and modern works by Leslie Nolte and Kenny Borchard.
This Saturday, February 16, we will be holding auditions for the ballet pieces - please see the schedule below. If you are unable to attend the audition, please speak with me to determine a class-time you can be observed.
If you are only interested in being considered for the contemporary or modern pieces, you do not need to attend this weekend's auditions. If cast, rehearsals will take place on Fridays-Sundays this Spring. There is a performance/costume fee of $150 for this production and you may be cast in more than 1 work.
Saturday, February 16, 2019
1:30-2:30p: Ballet 4/5
2:30-3:45p: Ballet 5/6
3:45-5:15p: Ballet 7/8
Due to the snowy conditions, we have decided to close early tonight, Monday, February 11. Classes that begin before 5:15 pm will take place. Classes that start at 5:15 pm or later are canceled.
The classes that will take place are: Kinder Combo (3:30), Jazz 2 (3:30), Musical Theatre 1&2 (3:30), Ballet 1 (3:45), Ballet 3 (4:00) Tap 2 (4:00), Acting 1&2 (4:00), Tap 1 (4:30), Children's Dance 2 (4:30), Ballet 2 (4:30), Musical Theatre 3&4 (4:30), Jazz 1 (5:00). If your class is not listed above, it is canceled.
As always, if you miss a class, you are welcome to attend a similar age/level class at your convenience. Please refer to our weekly schedule to find a make up time that works for you.
Thanks for your understanding,
Here we go again! Due to the dangerously cold temperatures fast approaching, we are following the lead of the school systems and the university. We will be cancelling classes this week from Tuesday afternoon through Thursday morning.
Our regular schedule will resume starting with 3:30pm classes on Thursday, January 31.
We appreciate your understanding and flexibility in dealing with uncontrollable circumstances. Our teachers have enjoyed seeing many new faces in their classes for make-ups!
If you miss a class due to closure, please plan to attend another class of similar age and level at your convenience. Please refer to our weekly schedule to find a make up time that works for you.
Matilda Mackey is currently in her third year at The Juilliard School, where is she is studying vigorously in various dance classes. Those classes include ballet, modern, improvisation, composition, contemporary partnering, and contact improvisation.
Between academic classes, rehearsals for a repertory show called Spring Dances, rehearsals for a student-choreographed show called Senior Production, and Independent Workshop rehearsals, Matilda is also working on three work-study jobs. This schedule constantly demands Matilda to be efficient with time and organized with details.
“Nolte helped prepare me to stay on my toes regardless of how packed my schedule is because I was always performing in tons of competition, recital and gala pieces” Said Matilda, “At Nolte, I challenged myself to embark on numerous dance journeys at once, which then gave me the tools to follow through with the commitments I made for myself.”
Matilda attended Nolte Academy from the age of two. “I always felt at home at Nolte,” she said, “partly because dance itself is home to my body and mind but also because I grew up with Leslie and the other dancers who became some of my closest friends regardless of our current life paths.”
Through her fifteen years dancing at Nolte Academy Matilda says she was able to realize her self worth as a dancer. She says that because she was so deeply connected with her teachers and friends at the studio, they helped give her the confidence to embark on any journey she’d dream up.
“Nolte propelled me into the concert dance world through its care for high-caliber training on a truly loving level. I am forever grateful for my experiences at the studio.”
A note from Matilda to Nolte Academy Dancers:
"My biggest piece of advice for young dancers is to focus on what ignites you as a dancer. I think it is important for dancers, especially younger ones, to question their craft to discern what they’re truly passionate about within it. Once you’ve discovered what drives your love for dance, lean into that and focus on it, whether that means taking as many classes in that realm as you can or paving your own path to bring more oxygen to that flame. For example, I found my love for improvisation after I spent years pushing myself to dive into the seemingly fearful realm of reckless abandonment within improvisation. Now, improvising turns my switch on in the molecular level, and I am immensely thankful that I took the time to uncover what speaks to me most profoundly as a dancer.”
A fond memory of Nolte Academy:
“I have a funny memory passed down to me from Leslie and my parents from when I was quite literally a baby at Nolte. We were back at the old studio, Leslie had just freshly opened her business, and I was two years old. As a kid, I had a mischievous desire to hide all the time. Regardless the circumstance, regardless if I knew somebody knew where I was hiding, I wanted to hide in every nook and under every chair. So, I hid behind a giant fish tank Leslie had in the studio lobby after classes one day, and I didn’t budge despite hearing all the frantic calls for baby Matilda. Leslie was running through the studio and out onto the parking lot, utterly mortified; she had just opened the studio and she already had a lost child, not to mention what that child’s parents would say if their two year old disappeared from the studio. But, as all jokes die quickly, I decided I would pop up from behind the fish tank and voila, all is well! Needless to say, Leslie and everyone helping to search for me didn’t think my cute hiding ploys were as funny as I did.”
We are thrilled to announce the dates and important information for our Spring Recitals! There is a wealth of information in this post, so please read it carefully and let us know if you have any questions!
Creative Movement Recitals will be Saturday, May 25 at Nolte Academy. Time TBD.
Vocal & Acting Showcase will be Tuesday, May 28 at Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. Time TBD.
Recitals for Children’s Dance I through advanced dance classes and musical theatre will be Friday, May 31-Sunday, June 2 at Hancher Auditorium (4 different shows). Times listed below.
All students will be included in the recital unless you specifically opt-out by Saturday, December 22.
If you have a conflict or decide not to participate after this date, you will still be responsible for costume fees.
For the Nolte Treasure/Hancher recitals, class day/performance day* is as follows:
Monday classes perform Friday, May 31 at 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday and Saturday classes perform Saturday, June 1 at 1 p.m.
Wednesday classes perform Saturday, June 1 at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday classes perform Sunday, June 2 at 1 p.m.
*Level 5+ classes will be in more than one performance, to be determined.
CLICK THE PDF FILE BELOW TO FIND THE WEEKLY SCHEDULE WITH THE DAY OF PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTED.
Nolte families and supporters,
I can't tell you how thrilled I was with the Nutcracker performances this weekend. The students, crew and many volunteers all made a stunning weekend of performances possible. I asked everyone involved to push themselves into new territory and the result was a beautiful and spirited production. I hope the Nutcracker has kicked off your holiday season in a positive and exciting way.
We would all like to express our gratitude to each and every one of you who supported Nolte Academy over the weekend. We hope that you, your family, and your friends were able to feel the holiday magic through our performances. We would also like to extend a huge thank you to our Nolte Academy dancers, Nolte families, and members of our community who helped bring everything together.
Please click through and enjoy the following photos captured by Michael Smithey.
Below are photos taken by Angela Thompson.
1. What was the preparation like for this revamped Nutcracker?
Preparing for this took me a long weekend of doing nothing else but creating a master plan in a notebook. I watched videos, wrote down patterns and steps I enjoyed dancing myself and watching the dancers closely in class. I wanted to challenge them but also make the new choreography attainable. The production also developed as we went through the creative process. Some ideas didn’t work and some times the dancers had suggestions that were much better than mine.
2. What are some of the main differences in this Nutcracker from the traditional?
I would say this is a fairly traditional version. Though to make it enjoyable for all ages I’ve tweaked how some of the characters are perceived. Herr Drosselmeyer is not as scary and much more magical and warm. The battle scene relies less engaging in battle and more on the fact that it brings up a courage in Clara that perhaps she didn’t know was there before.
3. What are you most excited about for the first performance?
I am so excited to see it all come together! There are so many new costumes and sets, that combined with the new choreography is going to be a wonderful moment on Friday evening.
4. What do you think this story teaches kids and adults alike?
I think the nutcracker reminds us to connect with our imagination and to dream big. It teaches us that people from around the world have distinct identities and to experience those differences is exciting.
7. What do you hope the audience takes away from the Nolte Nutcracker?
Seeing the nutcracker sparked my interest in dance and so I hope there are other young people who have the same experience. Studying any art is so important to the development of children and I hope this is a launching point for more young artists.
There are many people working to make this happen, it truly takes a village and I am so thankful for everyone who has contributed time and energy.
Mairead is currently training and performing with Indiana University Ballet Theater. While she takes two academic classes in the morning, the rest of her day is occupied with pilates and technique classes then an additional class such as pointe, pas de deux or variations, then rehearsals.
"For rehearsals we usually have big rehearsals for snow and flowers as well as run-throughs."
Mairead remembers her performances in the Nolte Nutcracker as more than just a performance. "I love looking back on the fun and community feeling and friendship involved in the long tech week nights at Englert, the between show food runs, and joy of performing."
She credits Nolte for preparing her and giving her the tools and technique needed at Indiana University Ballet Theater. Her advice for current performers in the Nolte Nutcracker is to "soak up all the good times and memories and really perform for the audience and give them and yourself some Christmas ballet magic"