Kate Elias graduated from Middlebury in 2006 as a Dance Major. She was a member of the Dance Company of Middlebury for three years, and completed her senior concert with her dear friend of four years, Hannah Giles (also '06). After graduation, Kate spent time in her hometown of Salt Lake City, working at an at-risk elementary school as a reading specialist, and as a group leader at an after-school program. She also co-directed a summer camp for inner-city and suburban youth near Philadelphia. Surely motivated by these child-oriented occupations, Kate joined old friend Ellen Smith '05 to create a new dance entitled "tiny story," inspired by the children's book Hey Willy, See the Pyramids by Maira Kalman. Conceived and created over thousands of miles and multiple modes of communication, "tiny story" was debuted in April, 2007 at the Field FAR Space in Manhattan. Kate received her Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Washington and now works with a non-profit organization in Seattle that facilitates youth and community development in low-income apartment complexes. While she isn't dancing as much as she'd like to be, she and Ellen Smith are planning to collaborate again on a long-distance project beginning in April 2012.
Photos: Kate Elias and Ellen Smith in "tiny story."