Alumni Spotlight: Katherine Disenhof ’08

Headshot - KDisenhof1. Tell us about your life today.
Life is very busy at the moment! In January of 2014, I was fortunate enough to join a San Francisco-based dance company called Robert Moses’ Kin. We are currently preparing for the company’s 20th anniversary home season, SILT, which will premiere a one-of-a-kind installation-style dance at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum (May 14-17). Our home season will be followed by a tour to Aspen and then another set of local performances at ODC Theater (June 18-21). I’m simultaneously a graphic designer at Alonzo King LINES Ballet, where I’ve been on staff for about three years. Most of my free time is filled with freelance dance projects and design work.

2. Outside of work, what are you passionate about?
I spend a lot of time soaking up the local dance scene – I’ve tried my best to make my passion my work! Otherwise, I love exploring San Francisco, usually with a camera in hand.

3. Looking back on the classes that you took at MA, which one had the greatest impact on you and why?
During my freshmen year, I had Visual Arts I with Katharine Boyd for one of my morning blocks. The class exposed me to such a wonderful and vast range of media and techniques that have informed what I do today. Moreover, I really appreciated being able to start my day thinking and working artistically. I remember some days it almost felt meditative. I think setting up that creative mindset at the beginning of the school day benefited my subsequent classes, allowing me to approach them more openly and imaginatively.

Performing with Robert Moses’ Kin in India in 2014.

Performing with Robert Moses’ Kin in India in 2014.

4. What is one of your best MA memories?
I have many little memories… Mark Stefanski having my Biology class hunt for M&M’s in the Circle with different utensils during a lesson on natural selection, the egg drop contest in Physics with Ken Lanik, connecting with local youth via the Crossroads outreach program, etc. One particular moment that stands out as a highlight though was my senior “speech”. I performed in a Senior Arts Assembly and dancing solo for my peers and teachers was empowering!

5. If you were to re-enroll at Marin Academy, what would you do differently the second time around?
Tough question! If I got a do-over, I would try to be more engaged with the MA community outside of the classroom. There is such a rich diversity of people, ideas, and interests at students’ fingertips! I feel like was so concentrated on the classroom aspect of the experience that I barely scratched the surface of everything that was happening on campus.

Interested in being in the Alumni Spotlight?  Send a message to Beth Sherman ’96, Director of Alumni Relations!

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