Kat Files is a Birmingham, Alabama native where she began formal training at the Alabama School of Fine Arts. She is a graduate of the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in Dance, where she was a 4-year Glorya Kaufman Foundation Dance Scholar. Kat is the Executive Director of The F.I.L.E.S. Arts Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization, located in Birmingham. She has been an instructor at the EMERGE125 – Emerging Artist Summer Series in Lake Placid, NY, the Police Athletic League in NYC, Repertory Company High School for Theatre Arts in Manhattan, NY, Elisa Monte Dance Summer Series in Lake Placid, NY, Youth Arts Academy in Brooklyn, NY, University of Connecticut at Stamford, Rowlett Dance Academy Summer Motion Camp in Dallas, Texas, and The Ailey School to name a few. Alongside dancing and teaching, Kat enjoys modeling and acting as well. As a performing artist, she has earned her SAG-AFTRA and Equity memberships, and is represented by Parts Models. Kat is thrilled to be a founding Company Dancer with EMERGE125, formerly Elisa Monte Dance in NYC!
Kat is trained in ballet, pointe, horton, graham, limon, jazz, west african, contemporary, and ballet/modern partnering. She teaches ballet, pointe, horton, jazz, west african. Through The FILES Arts Project (TFAP), Kat offers a variety of arts education programs such as: masterclasses, private lessons, workshops, virtual instruction, audition prep, and choreography. TFAP provides participants with high caliber arts training at little to no cost, provides rigorous training and individualized instruction, provides guest artists and lecturers to share artistic expertise and real world experience, provides training and performance opportunities in state-of-the-art facilities, provides healthy artists’ initiatives, injury prevention, & focus career preparation. TFAP also fosters a love and appreciation for the arts in each participant & the community.