The Precision Dance Collective was created out of an idea to fine-tune a dancer’s technique and attention to detail within their movement all the while building their confidence and expanding their skillset. The Cofounders, Katie Walker Henein and Sarah Hoge, elevate the dancer’s technical foundation by providing them with access to classes and choreography from elite industry professionals over the course of a week. Dancers are guided to feel empowered both in the studio, and on the stage while performing. The journey of a professional dancer includes countless hours spent working to develop their craft and find their unique voice within their movement. Whether dancers want to build their confidence for auditions or refine their technique and try a new style of dance, The Precision Dance Collective provides the guidance they need along every step of their journey!
The one-hour performance brings together a week’s worth of hard work, training, and determination in the form of choreography from Katie and Sarah! The dancers have the opportunity to bring their own unique selves into the precision dance choreography and showcase themselves in a theater atmosphere with a live audience supporting them every step of the way. The performance is followed by a one-hour live panel and Q&A with industry professionals to discuss life and career opportunities within the performing arts industry!
About Katie Walker Henein
At age 12, Katie began studying ballet extensively at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. There, she continued her studies through high school graduation in 2004. During those years, Katie also trained with Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theater and Kaatsbaan International Ballet. Upon graduation, Katie joined Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet in NYC and performed works by Benoit Swan-Pouffer, Nicole Fonte, Edward Liang and Christina Johnson. In 2007, Katie saw the Radio City Christmas spectacular and was inspired by the precision, cleanliness, structure and scale of the show. The following spring, she auditioned and joined the Radio City Rockettes. In her 15 years as a Rockette, Katie has been assistant dance captain, swing, dance captain and assistant choreographer. In 2015 and 2016, Katie helped create and teach the New York Spring Spectacular and the New York Spectacular alongside Warren Carlyle and Mia Michaels. During her time as a Rockette, Katie also performed on the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade, The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, the Today Show, Live with Regis and Kelly, The White House Christmas Party, and America’s Got Talent. As an assistant choreographer, Katie has helped direct and choreograph for the The Tony Awards, Video Music Awards, USO Partnership Performances, MLB Home Run Derby, America’s Got Talent, The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Special, Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting, and a Hallmark Channel Movie “A Holiday Spectacular”. Katie has also choreographed and created numerous dances for the Rockettes Instagram and Tik Tok pages. Katie is the founder and teacher for Elevate Ballet (www.elevateballet.com), a company that focuses on ballet training for aspiring Rockettes, jazz, broadway and musical theater dancers.
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About Sarah Hoge
A native of Columbus, Ohio, Sarah started dancing at the young age of three when her mother realized how much fun she had in pigtails and pink tutus. Having fourteen seasons as a Radio City Rockette under her belt, Sarah understands the importance of a healthy lifestyle to maintain longevity not only in the professional dance industry but everyday life. After performing in Europe with the Tanzsommer Stars of Tomorrow throughout her teen years, she then headed to the Big Apple in 2007 to pursue a professional career in dance and fitness. Sarah’s dreams came true as she went on to perform in numerous television shows such as Saturday Night Live, America’s Got Talent, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Live With Kelly and Ryan, The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, Michael Buble’s Christmas Special, Oprah’s 10th Anniversary of “O” Magazine Special, Project Runway, The Rockefeller Center’s Tree Lighting Ceremony, The View, The Today Show, and a Very Kacey Christmas on Amazon. Most recently, you can see Sarah in the Hallmark Channel Movie, “A Holiday Spectacular”! Alongside her dancing roots, Sarah is an Adult and Pediatric First Aid CPR/AED Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and a Pre/Post Natal Specialist through PRONatal. Over the course of her professional career, Sarah has realized that strength training and discipline go hand in hand with longevity in the performing arts industry. Sarah’s mission is to continue spreading her knowledge of the human body to the youth so that they, too, can go on to perform safely for years to come in the professional world. Sarah’s choreography can be seen featured at the Commercial Dance Intensive at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee as well as the Junior Youth Program at Broadway Dance Center. She's currently on faculty at Broadway Dance Center in New York City. When Sarah’s not performing or teaching, you can find her pursuing her undergraduate degree via Harvard Extension School as well as running marathons and volunteering for Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City!