Katelyn A. Sanchez is an artist drawn to narrative and how it can contextualize and illustrate where we are in time and place. She explores this in dance-making, performing, teaching, reading, researching, and collaborating.
In the last six months, Sanchez has continued teaching dance at The Wooden Floor in Santa Ana and Dancemark Studio in Lomita, CA. She has also performed a solo at the Electric Lodge in Venice CA, produced a workshop performance of an opera with Cameron Johnston in Los Angeles, and visited Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, Massachusetts to gather information about their physical and digital archival practices.
In the last few years, Sanchez has performed in in alexx shilling’s film rendition of Nothing There There (Topography), co-choreographed a 30-minute music film, with Alexandra Rix, for Jane Free Music which premiered in July 2021 as a drive in movie in Downtown Long Beach, presented other work at Highways Performance Space, performed at ARC Pasadena and in L. A. Grand Ensemble’s opera, Dulcinea XL, choreographed two operas, and co-produced a show, To: person, place, or tlso hing From: x, y, z, at the Garage Theatre in downtown Long Beach.
Foundationally, Sanchez’s movement vocabulary is informed by classical ballet with Kirsten Oakley Ragsdale and her additional training at Boston Ballet’s Summer Dance Program in 2011 and 2012. However, her movement has significantly evolved with the training of Rebecca Lemme, Laurel Jenkins, Gracie Whyte, Summer Brown, and Keith Johnson, as well as performing in works by Lorin Johnson, Sophie Monat, Rebecca Bryant, and Robert Moses.
In 2018, Sanchez graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a BFA in Dance and a BA in English Literature. Currently, Sanchez is pursuing a Master’s in Library and Information Science from San José State University.
Photography: Alondra Costilla