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Catey Ott Dance Collective (CODC) originated in 2005 in Milwaukee, resided in NYC from 2007-2012, and now calls Milwaukee home.  The collective has performed over 100 works at various venues throughout New York City and Milwaukee.  The New York theater performance venues include Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church, 92Y, Dance New Amsterdam, Green Space, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Williamsburg Arts neXus, Spoke the Hub, Solar One, The Flea, Gibney Dance Center, and Muller/The Works Studio, among others. In Milwaukee, CODC has performed numerous seasons at Danceworks Studio Theater, MKE Fringe Festival, UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, Marquette University, Lake Arts Project, Pius XI High School, and other concert events.  CODC tours to NYC annually while creating new and exciting company works and community events in the Milwaukee area all year round.


Catey Ott Thompson, director of Catey Ott Dance Collective since 2005, has a BFA and MFA in dance from UWM under the direction of Ed Burgess, Marcia Parsons, Janet Lilly, and Simone Ferro. Catey now resides in Milwaukee after dancing in NYC for 14 years for Soundance, Heidi Latsky, Allyson Green, Sean Curran, Bill Young, Li Chiao-Ping, Eun Jung Choi, Aviva Geismar, Chris Ferris, Shannon Hummel, Carrie Ahern, and many others. She toured to Slovakia and Budapest with Allyson Green and to France with Carrie Ahern.  Catey studied ballet with Christine Wright for 12 years at Gibney Dance Center in NYC, and also currently online with this amazing mentor.  In Milwaukee, she danced for Danceworks Performance Company, Wild Space, Milwaukee Opera Theatre, and others. She has been a personal trainer (AFAA), yogi, and Pilates (Kane School of Core Integration) instructor since 2000, and worked for Park Slope Yoga Center/Devi, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and Brouk Moves in NYC for many years. Catey spent 9 years as an adjunct faculty member in the Dance/Theatre Department at Marquette University, while also being a guest artist at Pius XI High School and directing MKE Dance Theatre Network.  She currently teaches contemporary modern, ballet, dance history, careen seminar, composition and choreography, and repertory at Milwaukee Ballet School and Academy.



As a dance artist and choreographer, it is my mission to draw up unusual yet resonating stories from the collective unconscious to create abstract choreography for a company of professional contemporary modern dancers. In each of my dances, the quirky and ornamented gestures that stylize my work are well integrated with highly physical and technical dance phrases, which together are layered and structured in unique ways. I also tap into my emotions in the development of the dance material and then invite the dancers to bring their pallets of emotional expression into the performance of the work.

My contemporary modern dance technique class involves the exploration of movement quality and intention with a classical center barre and modern technique warm up and choreographed phrases as the medium. The technique portion of class has roots in the style of José Limón. The students will then explore movement dynamics and musicality while learning and executing contemporary phrases. Process time will often follow the phrase portion of class, allowing the students to create variations and add their own ideas into the original phrase. This activity helps to enrich the students' artistic voices while highlighting their own unique abilities.

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