Born in Germany, Katharina Schier immigrated at an early age to Canada where she began training at The School of Alberta Ballet and continued pursuing intensive programs at The National Ballet of Canada, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and The Ailey School, graduating with distinction from The Boston Conservatory with a BFA in Contemporary Dance in 2016. While in attendance she had the tremendous opportunity to perform in works by choreographers such as Mark Morris, Danny Buraczeski, Uri Sands, Richard Colton and Andrea Miller.
Katharina has danced professionally in Canada and the U.S.A. having performed with City Ballet of Boston, Emily Jerant-Hendrickson, Wiss.co Dance, Cathy Young, Luminarium Dance Company, and Lorraine Chapman The Company. Since returning to Calgary, she has performed in works by Davida Monk (for Dancers’ Studio West), Barbara England (for Facet Music) and Corp Bara Dance Theatre.
As an entrepreneurial creative, deeply committed to responding to her environment/circumstance, Katharina has found herself compelled to instigate many self-produced and collaborative projects. In 2016, Katharina co-produced The Boston Conservatory’s First Annual Senior Dance Performance presented at Gibney Dance Center (NYC). This performance won the Boston Conservatory’s “Project of the Year” Award and has since been incorporated into the curriculum as a course for Senior Dance Majors. In 2020, along with Serenella Argueta, Katharina co-created/directed Ballet Bodies with a collective designed to challenge the normative of the "ideal" female ballet body and hierarchy in ballet training, rehearsal and performance.
With a deep passion for outdoor places, Katharina produces and choreographs original work as site specific installations and public gathering opportunities. She facilitates her work as the Artistic Director of Calgary Core Contemporaries with project based funding from Alberta Foundation for the Arts (2019), Canada Council for the Arts (2020) and Calgary Arts Development (2022).
Photo by: Lauren Wolfe