Katie Mattar grew up in Flint, MI, where she attended Paavola's School of Dance for six years of dance training. While expanding her technique in ballet, jazz, and modern dance, she also found a passion for theatre. Katie discovered her passion for the arts alongside her identical twin sister, Dani, who is also signed with Bloc NYC. They both began taking on roles in musicals at Carmen-Ainsworth High School, and they were given the opportunity to be the "dance captain duo" for their school's production of "High School Musical 2."
Katie was accepted into Western Michigan University's Department of Dance, as well as her sister, where she was given the opportunity to truly discover and master her artistry. She worked with many artists, such as Nelly Van Bommel, Arturo Hernandez, Willy Shives, Jason McDole, KT Nelson, Autumn Eckman, Lauren Edson, Amanda McKerrow, and John Gardner. Katie has represented her school by performing at the Kennedy Center for the 2012 ACDFA Nationals. One of her choreographic works, "Like a Butterfly," was selected for the 2012 WMU Winter Gala Dance Concert, the 2012 East Central conference for ACDFA, and for WMU's touring company in 2012, the Western Dance Project. Katie graduated in the Spring of 2013 with a BFA in Dance.
After moving to New York City in 2013, she has worked with several choreographers, including Nelly Van Bommel, a professor at SUNY Purchase, and Nadine Bommer, an Israeli choreographer. Katie was a dancer with Nadine Bommer Dance Company for two years, a founding member of the New York based company, where she was given the opportunity to perform at Jacob's Pillow, at the Suzanne Dellal Theatre in Israel, and at the New Victory Theatre at Times Square. She has traveled everywhere with NBDC, as well as with Royal Caribbean Productions. Katie has had a diverse career so far and plans to keep this colorful pattern alive. Katie and Dani are so grateful to be working together with Bloc NYC and are excited for the opportunities to come!