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Katherine Jimenez

Instructor

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Get to Know Katherine

Katherine Jimenez is an international dance performer, instructor, choreographer, and entrepreneur. Born in New York City, Katherine Jimenez began her dance training at The Ailey School in the Junior Division at a very young age. In 2014, she graduated from The Ailey School Pre-Professional Division. As well as from the Professional Performing Arts High School with the award for Excellence in Dance and Outstanding Achievement in Dance. Currently, she is pursuing a master’s degree at NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, in the Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions.

While at Ailey, she had the opportunity to train in many different classical techniques, allowing her to work with prominent teachers, choreographers, and dancers from around the world, though never forgetting her first love, Mambo. At the tender age of 6, she began training and studying with renowned masters on NY Style Mambo.

On a mission to make tools for mental, emotional, and physical health accessible for all, through movement. Katherine created her own streaming platform, KJon2.com, which provides high quality classes in different dance techniques and practices to support and inspire people of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds across the globe.

After years of training and performing all around the world, Katherine was recognized by The New York Times as the first NY Style Mambo instructor at The Ailey School with the Ailey Extension, in 2016. Then interviewed, by Vanessa Freeman and Dan Mannarino on PIX11 discussing the Origins of Mambo and Katherine’s role in the cast of In the Heights, the movie directed by Jon M. Chu, written by Quiara Alegría Hudes and Lin Manuel Miranda.

With almost 20 years of experience, Katherine is able to break down complex patterns so that everyone can understand them while teaching traditional technique with contemporary style encouraging everyone to the dance floor.