Kathleen Hoffmann- dancing her way into new worlds.
Kathleen Hoffmann dances to the sound of her calming breath, rather than the beat on the busy streets.
Originally from, Damariscotta, Maine, Kathleen studied abroad in Perth, Australia, and never left. While she realizes that many dancers could only dream of living in New York City, Kathleen has come to notice subtle trends about herself that keep her in Australia: “I was never good at competitions , I’m not good at auditioning, you know? I’m a small town girl – New York puts a lot of pressure on you to be extreme and competitive – I need to be able to breath”.
In Australia, Kathleen has taken a career shift by entering the world of Project Management for Strut Dance Company. Never imagining that she would end up working an admin role, managing dance productions, she said, “It turned out to be a really important decision – I want to make my own opportunities”. While Kathleen is certainly inspiring in her decision to move to the other side of the world, and create new opportunities for herself, she hasn’t let go of being a dancer.
Kathleen still dances, free-lance style, in various productions. She is very concerned with making sure that her audience is engaged: “I don’t do dances that are ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ style. I want them to not be alienated by what I’m doing, I want them to feel like they connect”.
As a dancer, her goal is to inspire and connect to others, in fact, one of her favorite memories was teaching kids in Ningaloo, “they were really inspiring because they don’t normally get to dance, so they had a ton of enthusiasm”.
Back in the states for about a month, Kathleen is tapping back into her roots. She spent quite some time in Maine this trip, sitting by the ocean, and just breathing: “Part of the experience is a breath. A lot of inspiration comes from just sitting”. While there are times she misses the steady pulse of New York City, she knows that if she is listening to herself, and connecting to her breath, Australia is exactly where she’s meant to be.