Katelin Kiya Marie Schnorr is from West Palm Beach, Florida, and received most of her early dance training under Demetrius Klein. As a high school student at Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, Kiya studied vocal music and took an interest in photography.
At sixteen, Kiya began apprenticing with the Demetrius Klein Dance Company, becoming a company member one year later. Kiya performed and collaborated with DKDC in West Palm Beach for nearly four years, beginning her college dance studies at Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2007. Here, she trained largely under Eileen Houghton-Hebron of American Ballet Theater, focusing on classical ballet, Cunningham technique, and Improvisation.
In 2009 Kiya transferred to Florida State University’s School of Dance from which she recently received her BFA Magna Cum Laude. While at FSU, she had the opportunity to dance in six concerts, and perform five solos; one of which was self-choreographed. In addition to her dance studies, Kiya completed two semesters of directed independent study in portraiture photography under Rick McCullough, and experimented with Video Dance under the direction of noted videographer Timothy Glenn.
Kiya currently resides in New York City, where she works as a freelance dance artist and photographer.
Photo by Aubrie Rodriguez