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Catey Ott Dance Collective

Photo credit: Jennifer Mazza, performers: Natasha Posey, Sarah Chomeau

CATEY OTT DANCE COLLECTIVE (CODC) is a MKE/NYC based professional company that embodies modern/contemporary technique, intriguing qualitative movement, and vulnerable yet fierce emotions.  The choreography features realness in relationships and clear intention, all inside of an imaginative dimension.  The company dancers often collaborate in the investigation of movement.  CODC also embraces interactive relationships with composers and visual artists/set designers.


CATEY OTT THOMPSON (CODC director, choreographer, dancer) has spent 38 years dancing,15 of which included performing, choreographing, and teaching in NYC. Ott Thompson received a MFA and BFA in Dance from UWM. She studied ballet with Christine Wright in NYC for 10 years. Catey Ott Dance Collective started in Milwaukee in 2005.  The collective has performed in NYC at Danspace Project at St, Mark’s Church, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, DNA, Solar One, Dance Conversations at the Flea, White Wave, WAX, Green Space, 92Y, BAX, Hatch at Muller/The Works, UWM, DanceNOW, Panetta Studio, Spoke the Hub, and Gowanus Arts Building.  As a professional dancer in NYC (1995-2012,) she performed with Heidi Latsky Dance, Allyson Green Dance, Bill Young and Dancers, Soundance Repertory Company, Gotham Group Dance, Sean Curran Company, Chris Ferris, Molly Rabinowitz, Cora, Holly Twining, Carrie Ahern and a variety of others. She is currently working on her 24th self-production of her own choreography.  She has performed with Milwaukee Opera Theater, Danceworks Performance Company, Wild Space, DanceCircus, and Milwaukee Dance Theatre in MKE. She currently teaches at Danceworks, Milwaukee Ballet and Marquette University. She also has been a guest choreographer at Pius XI High School.

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