Kathy King, a life-long dance artist, has spent time living and training in Memphis, Chicago, Los Angeles and Detroit. Kathy is the founder and director of the annual Brighton Dance Festival, established in 2010, and was founder/director of the professional contemporary dance company Michigan Dance Project, 2006-2014. Currently, you can find her teaching in the School of Music and Dance at Eastern Michigan University, and working with students of all ages at Michelle's Academy of Dance & Performing Arts Center in Brighton, MI. She is also the recipient of the highly acclaimed Crain's Detroit Business "20 in their 20s" (Class of 2013) for her work as a dance educator in metro Detroit.
Kathy has studied intensively at Wayne State University, EDGE Performing Arts Center, Broadway Dance Center, and the Bates Dance Festival. After dancing professionally for many years beginning at age 15, Kathy's passion for teaching took over. Teaching credits include the Cecchetti Council of America's Eastern Michigan Committee, American College Dance Festival, Eastern Michigan University, Rhythm Plus Dance Company (Hamilton, Ontario), Dance Extreme (London, Ontario), Dance Odyssey Competitions, Fusion Dance Studio (Torrance, CA), University of Michigan Dance Team, and many other studios and schools nationwide. In addition to teaching, Kathy has served as an adjudicator for Dance Masters of America, Dance Odyssey Competitions, and the Flint Youth Ballet. Through her work with the Michigan Dance Project, Kathy created the Get Up & MOVE! Choreographers' Showcases, and the Jumping Through the Lens photography and dance exhibits, along with mentoring many local dance company directors. You can also find her traveling nationwide on faculty with dance convention Artists-in-Training, and serving on the board of directors at the Brighton Center for the Performing Arts, and the Arthur Secunda Museum at Cleary University.
Jodie Randolph is a choreographer and dance educator based in southeast Michigan. She is a member of Dance Masters of America certified to teach ballet, jazz, tap, and modern, Michigan Dance Council, and the National Organization of Dance Educators. Jodie graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a B.S. in dance in 2009 where she received department scholarships and had the opportunity to perform in faculty concerts, experimental concerts, and at the American College Dance Festival. While at EMU, Jodie studied under many notable artists including Joanna McNamara Julianne O-Brien Pedersen, Holly Hobbs, Frank Chavez, Pilobolus, and many others, She is a current MFA candidate at Jacksonville University where she is studying choreography under the direction Christina Teague-Mann and Kari Cobble with instruction by, Ana Sanchez-Cohlberg, John Paul Zaccarini, Mayra Morales and many others.
Jodie currently teaches ballet, jazz, modern, and improvisation to both professional and pre-professional dancers, serves as an adjunct lecturer of dance at Eastern Michigan University, and teaches master classes throughout the country. Jodie has taught for many notable companies, colleges, conventions, and festivals including Platinum Dance Experience, Versatile Dance Company, and Michigan Dance Project, Detroit Dance City Festival, Brighton Dance Festival, and Wayne State University. Her students have gone on to study at The Juilliard School, Marymount of Manhattan, Indiana University, University of Michigan, and Eastern Michigan University.
As a choreographer, Jodie’s work has been recognized by dancers, directors, and adjudicators across the Midwest and she was named Choreographer of the Year in 2012. She has had the opportunity to choreograph for Brighton Dance Festival, Dance Masters of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, and Oakland University. Jodie's work has presented at Biomorphic Dance Festival (NY), Brighton Dance Festival (MI), Detroit Dance City Festival (MI), Detroit Dance Race (MI), Michigan Dance Festival (MI), and Oakland Dance Festival (MI).
As the Founder and Director of Pure Existence, Jodie aims to make professional dance accessible for audiences and artists in the Ann Arbor and Metro Detroit areas. Her vision is for a thriving professional dance community to take root allowing our extremely talented natives to make a home for themselves in MI while pursuing their artistic path.