Katy Geertsen

Edith Wolf Perez

Katy is a dedicated professional dance artist and teacher who enjoys exploring every aspect of what dance and the arts can mean to individuals and their communities across the globe. She believes dance and the arts can provide every individual with a means of expression, communication, and a pathway towards a healthier life. Katy graduated in 2011 with a first class BA (Hons) degree from Trinity Laban – Conservatoire of Music and Dance. She continued to expand her horizons at the post-graduate LINK Dance Company of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in Perth, Australia. Her studies led her to concentrate on her belief that dance can provide every individual with a pathway towards a healthier life. She worked with those who identify with having a disability or suffer from social exclusion, was appointed as the rehearsal director with a dance company for the mature dancer and in 2015 she completed the Mark Morris Dance Group – Dance for PD® Teacher Training course. Since then, she has worked as a passionate Dance for Health teacher and advocate in the field and brought her unique experiences to Austria, where she co-founded ARTS for HEALTH AUSTRIA (AfHA) in 2020. AfHA is becoming increasingly more important for the arts and health care sectors in Austria and beyond. Katy continues to teach dance to young and old at the English Dance Academy and Tanz die Toleranz, supports the workshops and research department at ImPulsTanz, and in 2022 she also successfully completed the Diploma in Dance Teaching and Learning from Trinity College London with distinction.