Meet the Members: Kate Haughton

Kate Haughton is a dance artist based in Dublin. She is a contemporary performer, and has an active interest in collaborating with other artists as well as creating her own work. Kate was a receiptent of the Dance Ireland Mentored Residency Award in 2018. To find out more about her practice, see here.

How long have you been dancing? 

Since I was in the womb! Both my mum and granny are dance teachers, so it's sort of in the blood.

Where did you train?

 I started with my mum at the Debbie Allen Dance School and also INYB. My full time training was in ballet at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, in Glasgow. I then went in contemporary works and did my masters at Laban, London.

What has been your favourite performance to date and why?

Hmm, I love performing, so it's hard to pick a favourite. I recently performed WRECK by Pietro Marullo in Istanbul, which was an outdoor performance, under the moon looking over the Bosphorus. The setting was pretty incredible, and there was a fantastic atmosphere.

What inspires you when making your own work?

I wish to make work which is really alive, which can change from performance to performance - as a mirror to our daily life I guess! And encouraging independent thought is what inspires me not only to create work, but also to share what I've created with others. 

 What is the diet and fitness routine like, of a professional dancer?

I don't really like routine, so I try to eat and move in whichever way the mood takes me. I do try and go to morning class everyday, as I feel its a great way to connect both to yourself and others.

Favourite music to dance to?

Any kind of music, so long as it's live. I've been very lucky to get to train with live music, and I continue to do so; my first few professional jobs had live music, which was amazing. Definitely something I'd like to involve more in my own works in the future. 

What do you do, for fun, when you are not dancing?

I study maths! Sometimes it's fun, sometimes it's infuriating, but it definitely keeps me engaged. I finish my degree this year after 8 years of study, and I won't know what to do with myself when I'm done. I also love to travel, and as cliche as it sounds, going to the pub or cafe with friends (or group calls in these times!). 

What does dance mean to you?

Dance used to be a form of discipline and escape for me, but in recent years its become a way to connect; with your body, your creativity, other people, the present moment. I genuinely believe the world would be a better place if everyone danced more!

Desert island…you can bring three things. What do you bring?

Tiger, Lily and Buster (my three cats).....

How has Dance Ireland enabled you as an artist? 

Dance Ireland has supported me in so many different ways; from providing opportunities for me to begin my own research, to giving me a platform to show work, to providing a space for me to continue to train and craft my art. 

Image Credits: Ruben Angel