Kathy is a native from the Binghamton area where she began her dance training at the age of seven. She has studied with David DeMarie, Beverly Fletcher, Frank Hatchet, Thomas Ralabate, Brian Foley, Sherry Gold, Fred Knecht and Helene Yelverton. In 1975, she established Kathy Hansen School of Dance in her hometown, Owego, NY, where she purchased the building from her grandfather's soda business, Kies Bottling Works.
As a respected instructor with many credits to her name, Kathy had always dreamed of creating space for all ages to come learn, participate and celebrate the joy and art of dance. Kathy specializes in tap, and has won many choreography awards as well as excellence in teaching awards. Along with her studio, Kathy also has taught Corporate Sponsored classes and at numerous Public School Sponsored programs. In 1998, Kathy was honored Business Woman of the Year by the Business and Professional Women in Tioga County, NY.
Many of Kathy's students have gone on to college and received their degrees in dance while others have gone on to become doctors. Some students have opened their own studios and/or teach dance at universities, while others have gone on to perform with cruise ships, dance companies, theme parks, tours and Broadway shows, including Elmo's Green Thumb, Radio City Rockets Christmas Spectacular and Divine Miss M starring Bette Midler.
Member of: ASCAP, BMI and SESAC
JoEllen Hansen Kuhlman
Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap Instructor/Choreographer
(Born May 3, 1982, Binghamton, NY), a dance instructor and choreographer specializing in Jazz, Contemporary/Lyrical and Tap. She began dancing at the age of three, training at her mother's studio, and competing in a number of conventions.
JoEllen received her degree from Point Park University in 2003, under the direction of Ron Tassone and Doug Bentz. At Point Park, she was a member of the Playhouse Dance Company from 2000-2003, where she appeared in the premiers of various works, including Sean Curran's "A City". It was at this time she crafted her first notable piece for dance, "Drumbome", a tap piece that incorporated drumming and modern rhythms, which was selected to showcase at the American College Dance Festival (ACDFA) and later at Point Park University and the University of Nebraska.
JoEllen became a full time instructor/choreographer at Kathy Hansen School of Dance in the fall of 2003 and a member of the dance faculty at Binghamton University in the fall of 2004. She also became the artistic director for Binghamton University's Continuing Outreach Summer Dance Program in 2007. Since then, she has received numerous awards for her choreography including "Marionettes" with her students at Kathy Hansen School of Dance. In addition, JoEllen has choreographed a number of musicals, including "Urinetown", as well as the production of "Faust" in 2008 through a special arrangement with Tri-Cities Opera.
In 2010, JoEllen began a partnership with Richard Hopkins at Florida Studio Theater in Sarasota, Fl. Here, she choreographed "Beehive", a sixties musical featuring several dancers that have appeared on Broadway in New York City. The production was extended twice and received rave reviews.
JoEllen teaches Tap, Jazz, Ballet, and Modern at the University and is excited to be working on her dance company. Through Pygmalion, JoEllen has begun to lay the groundwork for the first dance company in the history of Binghamton University. As the dance department continues to grow, JoEllen hopes to collaborate with other departments and young artists, bringing new art to life.
Erin Rose Wilcox
Erin Rose Wilcox is currently studying English and Dance at Binghamton University. She put on her first pair of ballet shoes at the age of three and, now at age twenty, she's still hooked.
She grew up in Port Jefferson on Long Island where she trained at Long Island Academy of Dance in ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, lyrical, hip hop, contemporary, and musical theater for 14 years. Being a part of LIAD's Dance Company she has competed in dance competitions on both regional and national levels and performed at fundraisers and benefits such as the Long Island Dance Consortium for the Huntington Arts Council. In 2009, Erin and four of her fellow LIAD company members were featured on Donna Drake's television show "Live it Up!" where they performed and expressed why they love to dance. The same year, she placed first overall at International Dance Competition's regional and received the title of "Solo Challenge Champion" for her lyrical solo and tied for second place with her musical theater solo.
At Binghamton, Erin wanted to take every chance she could to dance and perform. She has been a member of the Binghamton University Dance Team for three years. With the team, she has performed at the Men's and Women's home basketball games, the annual homecoming soccer game, and occasional lacrosse games. Aside from performing at sporting events, the team has participated in fundraisers such as Paint the Paws. Every year the spirit squad travels with the basketball team to the NCAA tournament in Hartford, Connecticut where they perform and represent BU while specializing in jazz, pom, and hip hop.
In 2010, Erin performed as a member of JoEllen Hansen Kuhlman's dance company in Pygmalion. This was not only a historical moment for BU, seeing as this was the school's first offical dance company, but also gave Erin her first opportunity to perform on a BU stage. Working with the company allowed her to continue to grow and learn as a dancer due to its emphasis on lyrical, ballet, and contemporary styles. This year, Erin will be dancing again for JoEllen's company in the production "A Broken Key." The curtain will go up in February and Erin can barely wait.
Erin is very excited about joining the KHSOD family as a hip hop and jazz instructor. She is enjoying working with these talented students and sharing her dance experiences with them. She welcomes the challenge and pride in helping these dancers grow.