Kate Aid has studied dance for twenty-five years, and has performed in genres including classical ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and tango in studio recitals, competitions, and Colorado Ballet’s The Nutcracker. Raised on Hollywood musicals, she has performed featured dance roles in school and community theater productions of Guys and Dolls, Fame!, The Wiz, and Cinderella.
Kate studied dance technique, history, and composition at Smith College, where she performed in works by faculty, MFA thesis candidates, and undergraduate dance and lighting design majors, including original pieces by Susan Waltner and Thomas Vacanti. Kate began training in aerial acrobatics in 2009 at the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts. As a founding member of Tangle, she has jointly choreographed and performed in ten major productions, and looks forward to many more years in the air.
Kate received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory from the University of Pennsylvania in 2014. Her research focuses on popular performance and identity politics.