Kate Skarpetowska

August 5, 2013

Kate Skarpetowska started dancing at age 13 in her native city of Warsaw, Poland. Two years later, she was cast in a first-ever Polish musical entitled METRO. Directed and choreographed by Janusz Jozefowicz with music by Janusz Stoklosa, the show was an instant hit at the Dramatic Theater in Warsaw. On April 16th, 1992, the show had its Broadway premiere at The Minskoff Theater where now 15-year-old Skarpetowska was the youngest cast member. After the show closed, Skarpetowska enrolled in the NYC High School of Performing Arts, graduating in 1995, and then went on to study at the prestigious Juilliard School under the direction of Benjamin Harkarvy. After graduating with a BFA in Dance, she immediately joined Parsons Dance Company, where from 1999 until 2006 she performed lead roles in the company’s repertory, including the iconic Caught. From 2006 until 2008, Skarpetowska was a guest member of The Battleworks Dance Company, founded by her former colleague at Parsons Dance and the present artistic director of The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Robert Battle. In 2007, she was one of two featured dancers during the Glimmerglass Opera Festival, and in 2008 she toured Italy with Why Be Extraordinary If You Can Be Yourself, a show by Daniel Ezralow. In 2009, she co-designed and co-directed Romeo and Juliet for The Gunter Theater in Greenville, SC. Since 2007, she has been working for The Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, performing at many reputable venues such as New York City’s City Center, Washington DC’s Kennedy Center and Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater. Skarpetowska has also appeared as a guest artist with Buglisi Dance Theater since 2009. She has had the privilege of working as a repetiteur and assistant to the choreographer for Lar Lubovitch, David Parsons and Robert Battle, setting works on AAADT, Introdans, Company C, Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, SUNY Purchase, and The Juilliard School. Her own choreography has been performed by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater II, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Parsons Dance, Buglisi Dance Theater, Hubbard Street 2, Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, Big Muddy Dance Company, Patricia Kenny Dance Collection, Ailey/Fordham, Marymount Manhattan College, George Mason University, Ohio University, Kansas University and New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble. Skarpetowska is also a freelance teacher holding workshops throughout the world. She resides in New York City.