Cat Willis, Dancer, Performer, Educator, Entrepreneur

Screen Shot 2014-02-28 at 11.15.30 AMFounder and Director of Tannery World Dance and Cultural Center, Cat Willis came onto Artist on Art to talk about her work as well as her presentation at the third TEDxSantaCruz event March 8th, 2014 at the Hotel Paradox.

Cat has lived in Santa Cruz for over 13 years and originally from Rochester, N.Y. She began her formal dance education with Garth Fagan Dance, with whom she studied extensively for six years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance from SUNY Brockport. Her passion for cross cultural understanding, dance arts research, study, and performance has led her to Central America, the Caribbean, and West Africa. She has taught dance throughout Santa Cruz, including two years with Mountain Elementary School as resident choreographer. Her work through her dance company, DIASPORA, has been shown throughout Santa Cruz and the San Francisco Bay Area.

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