Miss Kathryn has over 20 years in dancing experience and has been teaching and choreographing for the past 8 years. She studied at a local school in her hometown of Crystal Lake, IL, focusing primarily on ballet technique. She attended Alma College in Alma, Michigan where she received her B.A. in dance performance. She has performed in numerous ballets and other genres, including The Nutcracker, Giselle, Swan Lake, Coppelia, and many more. Katie has also attended the American Dance Festival in North Carolina where she studied modern dance with mentors such as Nia Love, Aqua Boogie, Paul Matteson and many others; as well as performed in their National Choreographer’s Concert as a dancer.
After college she auditioned with Kim Robards Dance Company and had the opportunity to perform with their company that summer. From there she was accepted as a trainee which is what has brought her to Colorado. Her choreography experience includes putting on full-length performances and has also had a dance, recognized by the public, that was performed in various schools addressing the topic of bullying. Along with classes with Kim Robards and teaching, she models primarily for dance and is currently in the process of getting yoga certified.
Keely Knack thrives on making all types of movement and fitness practices FUN! She loves sharing her good vibes and positive energy with others! Keely has a special way of connecting with people and loves being part of each individual's health & happiness journey. Believing in spreading her infectious energy, you'll rarely catch her without a smile on her face, unless she's upside down in a handstand!
As a new Colorado resident since 2018, she left the grind of operating her own personal training business after 7 years to move westward in pursuit of a simpler lifestyle (if you think partner acrobatics, snowboarding, hiking, and gymnastics is simpler!)
After 20+ years training & coaching in competitive sports, Keely recognized a need for finding better work/life/mind/body balance. Throughout her 10+ years as a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Keely never strayed very far from her gymnastics roots. Her first visit to Awaken Gymnastics was in 2015 when she became a Certified gymnastics Athlete and decided to shift her training focus in pursuit of fulfillment in a more specialized coaching role.