Kat Nasti (Kat Nasti Dance) and Jessie Jeanne Stinnett (Jessie Jeanne Stinnett and Dancers) are two Boston-based dance artists with shared interests and approaches to dance and dance entrepreneurship. They have formed a dance cooperative with the goal of combining networks and creating synergies to fuel compelling, complete, and provocative dance art. By joining and focusing all practical and artistic resources, they support one another's growth and artistic trajectory. The Spring of 2016 will mark many exciting inaugural steps including performances in Boston, NYC, and London, educational programs for dance, and cooperative fundraising efforts - with each dollar raised and earned supporting two choreographers, over twenty dancers, and continued performances here and abroad. Our group fundraising efforts will be specifically aimed at securing funds to cover costs of travel and artist / production fees for the 2016-2017 performance season. We hope to expand the cooperative to include more artists in the future, once we have established a clear operational process, agreement for resource sharing, and better understand our needs and expectations.
Kat Nasti Dance is an ensemble of artists currently based in the Boston metropolitan area. The group exists as a pick-up organization, utilizing the constantly changing and diverse artistic pool available in Boston.
Artist’s Statement When I dance I feel the contributions of every person and moment that has touched my life. Dance is a way to experience the chaotic pace, the numbing stillness, the devastating losses, the thrilling wins, and all of the in-betweens that create the emotion of each day. Dance allows me to revisit and indulge in moments that might be lost. In the most intimate way, it allows me to dissect moments and attempt to understand them.
Traveling the world is my other passion and my most important education. Experiencing other cultures better defines wants and needs in my life and informs my decisions for using movement within choreography. My movement interests range from athletic, fast, and furious to soft and still. I cherish the freedom and challenge of exploring movement range and genre. Ultimately, I like to explore the idea of spectacle. I let my imagination run wild, allowing myself to have an unlimited vision for a new work, and then I figure out how/if I can actually do it.
Though the shape and the form of my movement may change and evolve with each day, the simple reason for making the dance remains – to explore and celebrate the beauty of being a flawed human. It is one thing we all share and to which we all relate.
Kat Nasti Bio
After completing her BA in Classical Studies (Ancient Greek) and Theatre (Dance Emphasis) from Dickinson College she moved to New York to pursue a career in dance. She danced extensively with Alyce Finwall Dance Theatre and worked with many independent choreographers including Lisa Giobbi Movement Theatre, Scott Lyons, Jerry Mitchell, Skip Costa, Giada Ferrone, Lars Rosager, Edward Augustyn, and Max Stone among others. She was also a dancer with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Swing Dance America, and American Dance Machine. In Boston, she has performed with 1,000 Virtues Dance, Zoe Dance, and Reggie Wilson. She is currently working with Daniel McCusker. She has been a lecturer in the dance departments of Muhlenberg College, Cedar Crest College and Dean College and a guest at Providence College, the University of Scranton, Temple University, and Dickinson College. She has also taught at American College Dance Festivals and PA Governor’s School for the Arts; and served as the Director of the Muhlenberg College Community Dance and Pilates Center.
She has presented her choreography at many venues and institutions across the east coast including: Muhlenberg College, Dickinson College, Marlboro College, Providence College, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, American College Dance Festival, Green Street Studios, The Dance Complex, and First Night Boston.
In 2010 she received her MBA from Lehigh University, where she was a Graduate Teaching Fellow and Founder and President of the Lehigh University Chapter of the National Association of Women MBAs. After receiving her MBA, she worked as Director for the Office of the Vice President and Associate Provost for Research and Graduate Studies at Lehigh.
While living and working in Bethlehem, PA, she established a community organization called the Lehigh Valley Dance Exchange (LVDE) - an organization which supports emerging choreographers and dancers of the Lehigh Valley. In their inaugural season, LVDE successfully produced 12 shows, which included over 20 choreographers and 50 dancers. She was a speaker on the topic of Community Entrepreneurship for TedX-Lafayette and Idex-Lehigh.
She is an avid traveler and spent 2012 living as an ex-pat in Korea and China, where she studied Traditional Korean Dance Forms for her MFA thesis work. She and her family of husband, two boys, and a boxer just returned from another ex-pat assignment in Sofia, Bulgaria.
She graduated from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in December of 2013 with an MFA in Dance. Her research has been published in the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science and presented at CORD/SDHS. She currently resides in Norwood, MA.