Katharyn Horne was a professional dancer for 33 years dancing leading roles for American Ballet Theatre, The Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Santa Fe Opera, and Malmo Stadsteater, including the iconic cowgirl in Rodeo (with a vinyl record cover to prove it). She toured the US and world in the 50’s and 60’s with Ballet Theater and the Met Opera and worked with many greats in the ballet world like Margaret Craske, Anthony Tudor, Agnes DeMille and Alicia Markova. Additionally she has done work for television, and Broadway musicals. In the early 1960’s, she extended her duties to include teaching, ballet mistress, costume designer and seamstress. Since 1979 Katharyn has choreographed more than 50 ballets for concert, opera, and theatre. She has been Artistic Director of Manhattan Festival Ballet, San Antonio Festival Ballet, Omaha Ballet, and Dance Charlotte. Together with Mary Ann Mee she founded Dance Central; now CPCC Dance Theatre in 1984.
Megan Payne is a Charlotte based choreographer and performer. She received an MFA in Dance from Hollins University in partnership with the American Dance Festival (2012) and a BFA in Dance from Ohio University (2009). Her choreography has been presented at the American College Dance Festival, the American Dance Festival, and the OhioDance Festival, among other festivals and performance opportunities. Megan dances professionally with Baran Dance Contemporary Dance Company, is a faculty member at Central Piedmont Community College, and the co-director of Women’s Showcase, an annual festival presenting local and regional female artists.