Kate Hilliard began her preparation for a professional career in dance at the Quinte Ballet School in Belleville, Ontario where she completed eight years of classical ballet training. She then moved to the School of Dance in Ottawa to attend the Professional Training Program in Modern Dance. During her time in Ottawa she trained with Peter Boneham at Le Groupe Dance Lab and performed with the comp…any in 2003. Hilliard was one of six emerging artists in Canada selected to work with Paul-André Fortier in his creation Risque, which toured extensively for three years. She performed in Sylvie Desrosier’s Flots at the 2006 Canada Dance Festival in Ottawa and has worked with Berlin’s Tino Sehgal, performing his Kiss at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Kate was a full time company member of Dancemakers and the Centre for Creation in Toronto under the directorship of Michael Trent from 2006 to 2010. She is currently working with Susie Burpee. Hilliard’s choreographic projects have enabled her to be mentored by established Canadian artists: Yvonne Coutts, Peter Boneham, Hélène Blackburn, Margie Gillis, Bonnie Kim, Michael Trent and Heidi Strauss. She has participated in several choreographic labs at Dancemakers and her works have been presented in Guelph, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Toronto and New York City.