Hip-hop for Rockland After-School Alliance

Apr 07, 2013
Photo by: Adrienne Randall Local dance instructor Katie Thompson teaches Rockland District Middle School students hip-hop.

Rockland — Youthlinks and Rockland After-School Alliance have announced that local dance teacher Katie Thompson of Rockland has signed on to teach another session of an after-school hip-hop class to Rockland District Middle School students. This will be Thompson’s third session volunteering for Youthlinks and RASA.

Thompson is a 2006 graduate of Camden Hills Regional High School and a student at University College at Rockland. She has been an enthusiastic member of the Midcoast’s dance community since she was a little girl. She trained through a wide variety of dance classes and workshops in Maine, New Hampshire and New York, focusing on hip-hop, ballet and modern plus break dancing, street jazz and yoga. While she focuses mostly in the style of hip-hop technique, she is comfortable transposing choreography from all genres into her pieces.

Thompson started teaching dance when she was 15 alongside local dance teacher and performer Annie Laurita. Thompson has taught all over the Midcoast, from public workshops in crowded school gymnasiums to private studio classes. She also is a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher. Some of her most memorable experiences as a professional dancer and choreographer have been choreographing for large dance shows and musicals. At 17, she created a show called “Whose Beat Is It Anyway” with fellow dancer, Morgan Cooper.

Thompson also has choreographed for the Camden Shakespeare Company, Ashwood Waldorf School and North Haven Arts and Enrichment. One of her favorite choreographing experiences was last fall, when she took on the role of choreographer for Camden Hills Regional High School’s production of “West Side Story.” As a student at URock, Thompson is working on an independent study project for college credit with local educator Jon Potter on how young people find comfort in themselves through dance.

For more information, to register or to find out how ton volunteer, contact Youthlinks at 594-2221 or visit youthlinksonline.org. Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, a nonprofit organization that has been serving the children and families of Waldo and Knox counties since 1983.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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