Kathryn Burns (Kat) joins us on the red carpet at the Emmy® Creative Arts Awards. She danced her way to an Emmy for Outstanding Choreography for her work in Crazy Ex Girlfriend. She was the first choreographer nominated that works with a scripted series.
Joining her for the Emmy Creative Arts evening was her gorgeous mother and father. It was such an exciting evening and red carpet for the family. Family has played a large role in her dance career. She began dancing from the influence of her older sister.
Kathryn Burns dance training included tap, ballet, contemporary, but her passion is hip-hop. After college she moved to Hollywood. She was hoping to be a back up dancer, but released she was too tall and white.
Kathryn turned her attention to comedy. This was not as successful as she envisioned. This left her feeling a little in between dance and comedy. One day someone asked, “her about dancing when she was doing comedy.” She said that she was a trained dancer. This question changed her world.
This opened the door to use her comedy training and dance to choreographing for scripted comedy. She has continues to work at Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. This is a place she has enjoyed for over 10 years.
The challenges with choreography for a written script is working with people who may not have formal training, working within the set, characters, script, and camera angles, and meeting comedic timing. Kathryn said, “It is such a honor and humbling experience to be recognized by my peers in dance.”
See all the photos from the two-day event here: