Katie Istvan is a dance and fitness professional from Maui, Hawaii. She provides private lessons for advanced and pre-professional dancers who are interested in taking their skills and abilities to the next level. She focuses on goal-oriented training for her students, where they can thrive in technique, strength, flexibility, as well as develop dynamic-artistry. Katie also teaches group dance classes at Carden Academy and Momentum Dance Maui (previously at Maui Academy of Performing Arts as an Alumni). In addition to teaching, she continues to perform and choreograph, and is the Director of Education and Community Outreach for Adaptations Dance Theater (ADT). Recently, Katie co-choreographed Henosis, a piece set on and performed by ADT at ArT=Mixx Maui, in February 2020.
Before her return home to Maui from Los Angeles in 2018, Katie performed around the country with dance companies: Cirque du Soleil (HI), Keith Johnson/Dancers (SLC), Kathleen Helm & Dancers (NY), The Assembly (OC), and Rebecca Lemme|Acts of Matter (LA). She continues to perform off-island, traveling with Los Angeles based contemporary dance company, Rebecca Lemme|Acts of Matter. Katie received her B.A. in Dance from California State University Long Beach as a scholarship recipient (2015) and trained at the San Francisco Conservatory and Movement Invention Project NY. Alongside performing, Katie co-founded and co-choreographed, 0.0 Series, immersive pop-up art events in Long Beach, CA, which incorporated a collaborative cross-blend of visual artists, dancers, and musicians. In addition, she taught and choreographed at the Millikan High School Dance Department, as well as led in-studio workshops for professional dancers.
Complimenting her dance career, Katie completed teacher training in both Yoga and Barre. Katie received her Yoga teacher certification from Brynn Rybeck: True Flow Yoga and her Barre instructor certification at The Studio Seal Beach, where she taught Barre, kids hip-hop, and Yoga. In addition, she taught at BarreWell Fitness Studio in Mission Viejo, CA. Having a vision of her own, Katie co-created and taught a series of workshops including Barre Night, a live DJ and workout event, and Kreative Sculpt, an empowering workout for women paired with social experiences including post-workout hors d'oeuvres and local boutique shopping.
Katie’s has a deep appreciation and understanding of movement as a whole. She sees it as a connective language that has the power to promote genuine transformation and healing. It is an access point to our own self-awareness, bringing us closer to ourselves and ultimately to the community around us.