Kate, 28, from Northumberland is a dancer, model, activist and runs an award-winning inclusive dance academy.
Kate was training to be a professional dancer before she became unwell and since becoming a wheelchair user has adapted her dancing to fit her condition and mobility aids.
Kate works regularly with dance organisations to advise on inclusion with cross-sector partnerships with both brands and dance examination boards. She recently has had prime-time TV features (like The Last Leg and Steph’s Packed Lunch) and even had a number of documentary’s following her dance academy; including one by BBC One Show.
Kate is keen to challenge the industry perception of disabled dancers and has published pieces in high profile places, including The Guardian and Metro. As well as dancing, Kate engages in a range of activities from public speaking to modelling which all bring a better representation of disability and dance. She has recently collaborated with a number of high-profile brands, including worldwide dance brand Capezio, and become the first wheelchair user on the Disney UK Events team.
Kate’s dance academy, although relatively new in the field and with no mainstream funding, has 5 disabled people on the team who she’s supported into work and over 200 members worldwide. She has trained dancers for auditions, shows and for fun and has an ‘open door’ policy for all students.
Kate has won multiple awards, including being named in the Top 100 Most Influential Disabled People in the UK, A 'Woman of the Year' 2021 + 2022, and, Wellbeing Practitioner Award for 2021. The Dance Academy was given a 'Highly Commended Award', named The Guardians Favourite Cheap Fitness Class (next to The Body Coach!) and named No2 Best Inclusive Dance Class by Cosmopolitan.
Kate also has an impressive volunteering record, with over 3,000 hours and her own charitable organisation, Project Parent, having reached over 2,000 families nationwide.