ABOUT WILD HEART
Wild Heart Dance is a contemporary dance company based in the front range of Colorado. Created and directed by Kat Gurley, the ensemble includes Mimi Ferrie, Kat Gurley, Page Jenkins, Amanda Leise, Anna Mayer, and Kristine Whittle.
Wild Heart uses dance, music and physical transformation as the sole vehicle for performance. The dancers' varied experiences and backgrounds are rooted in a passion for and love of dance. For intangible beauty and unspoken truths, Wild Heart remains true to the source: that our bodies when danced and our spirits when broken open have the ability to transform our world.
With Wild Hearted Dance, our whole beings are on the line. The audience gets to ride our curves, be inside our flesh, move through our muscles, and put their weight on our bones.
KAT GURLEY Artistic Director
Kat Gurley graduated with her BFA from the University of Colorado and has been performing, choreographing and teaching ever since. Kat has most recently danced for local companies 3rd Law Dance/Theater, Control Group Productions and New Breed Dance Co. She taught contemporary dance technique and ensemble work at Naropa University for many years and directed the high school dance department at Berkshire School. Kat loves to dance, create and teach others how to connect to their bodies and each other. When not dancing she is raising her baby boy and tending her urban backyard farm.
Kat is grateful she is able to share dance and performance with you.
MIMI FERRIE Executive Director
Mimi Ferrie is a Colorado dance artist that has been teaching, performing and choreographing professionally for two decades. She grew up studying many forms of dance as well as gymnastics, theatre, and music. She received her BFA in Dance from the University of Colorado in 2007. Mimi has worked professionally with a number of local dance organizations including Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop, Dance Dimensions, New Breed Dance Company and One Big Yes Productions. She served as the dance director of Mountain Contemporary Dance Arts for seven years and is currently creating a community arts organization for children and families. Mimi finds purpose and joy in sharing her life through movement and draws inspiration from her children, her family of artists, her students, and the arts community she performs and collaborates with. Mimi’s favorite kind of dance is the generous kind.
AMANDA LEISE Marketing
Amanda Leise, originally from Boulder, Colorado performed, taught and choreographed in LA and Dallas from 2002 to 2013. Amanda currently teaches and co-directs Starbound, a competitive dance company, at Dance Dimensions in Longmont with her family. She has always felt that dance is the best way for her to connect to the world and others. Part of Amanda’s motivation to move back to Boulder was to find an expressive dance environment. Wild Heart has brought to the surface a process and performance aspect that she has yearned for—it is an environment with beautiful humans that connects, expresses, and explores the depth of her love for the art of dance.
ANNA MAYER Company Manager
Anna Mayer believes in the immense power of the body in motion, both onstage and off, and devotes her time to dancing with Wild Heart and practicing body-based psychotherapy in the local community. She graduated with her BFA in Dance from CU Boulder in 2011, and after graduation spent several years performing and teaching dance in the Denver area. She then returned to school for her MA in Somatic Psychology with a concentration in Dance/Movement Therapy, from Naropa University, before opening her private therapy practice in 2017. Anna is deeply grateful to be a part of the transformative process and heartfelt offering of Wild Heart Dance..
PAGE JENKINS Graphic Designer
Page Jenkins graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of the Arts in Dance. After graduating she danced for 3rd Law Dance/Theater, Interweave Dance Theatre, Louder Than Words Dancetheatre, and New Breed Dance Company. Page spent several years in Beijing designing and running the dance program at Beijing National Day School as well as teaching master classes and workshops in Beijing and Wuhan. She is currently dancing with 3rd Law Dance/Theater and Wild Heart Dance. Page also teaches for 3rd Law and Colorado Conservatory of Dance and is a licensed Gyrotonic® instructor at Gyrotonic Bodhi.
KRISTINE WHITTLE Assistant
Kristine Whittle lives in Lakewood CO with her husband Patrick and 7 year old son Levi. She divides her time between parenting, dancing, massage therapy, and teaching yoga. She holds a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Arizona State University and has worked in the dance companies of Ann Ludwig (Phoenix, AZ), Barbara Grubel (NY, NY), Aura Fischbeck (SF, CA), and KC Chun/Fresh Blood (Denver, CO). She regularly works with Denver-based Control Group Productions and Tara Rynders Dance and is in her fourth season with the amazing women of Wild Heart.
Beloved past Wild Heart dancers: Hallie Bauernschmidt, Tara Rynders, and Mollie Wolf