Kate Kuper


An Illinois Arts Council Teaching Artist since 1982, Kate Kuper first choreographed and performed with her Chicago-based company from 1982-1986, and received  awards for her work from the National Endowment for the Arts and the IAC. Now a resident of Champaign, Kuper focuses on arts education and community engagement.  She takes an active interest in developing lessons that teach diverse content through movement, music, rhythm and rhyme and in helping non-dancers understand and appreciate the art form.  She is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Illinois where she teaches the craft of working with children in school and studio settings. Kuper is also a Kennedy Center Workshop Presenter, helping teachers understand and use creative dance as an educational tool. A regular contributor to Activate! Magazine, published by Heritage Press, she is the author of two audio/instructional CDs and two book/CD/DVD instructional sets.   Her most recent residency work has been in early childhood and early elementary settings, though she loves to also work with 2nd-5th grade students as well,  teaching from her own material.

Artistic Statement: 

I strive to bring out the best in every learner by modeling a high level of commitment and enthusiasm at all times. Children and teachers are drawn in by my energy and excitement as they learn to express ideas and feelings through movement. I teach warm-ups that improve student concentration, social skills, math, and reading aptitude. My student-centered, concept-based approach helps children from pre-school through eighth grade learn about dance, dance-making, and dance appreciation. Lessons may include folk dance and simple or complex choreographic projects. These dance explorations can also teach the core curriculum to reinforce learning in science, social studies, language arts, math, music, or visual art. Residencies include a culminating assembly of student dances, often accompanied by live, original music by acclaimed percussionist Rocky Maffit.

Residency Type: 
Individual Artist