Kat Richter is a writer, tap dancer, choreographer, and professor of both dance and dance studies. She is Artistic Director of the Philadelphia-based Lady Hoofers Tap Ensemble and Adjunct Professor of Dance at Stockton University. Her research interests include dance history and anthropology, percussive dance, dance notation, costume history, and the construct of race and the impact of racism in the performing arts. Her choreography explores the history of jazz music, the performance of gender, and the staging of so-called "vernacular" dance forms. Writing for Broad Street Review, dance critic Camille Bacon-Smith named Richter to her "short list of favorite choreographers" and Lew Whittington of The Dance Journal raved “Richter [...] continues to tell great stories in tap and step idioms, less reliant on tricks and traditions and more innovative tap artistry.”
As a journalist and dance critic, Richter's work can be found in Glamour, Skirt!, Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher, and The Dance Journal. Her scholarly publications include contributions to the Journal of Research in Dance Education (Vol 11, No. 3, 2010), White Women Getting Real About Race (Stylus Publishing, 2013), and Embodied Difference: Divergent Bodies in Public Discourse (Lexington Books, 2019). In addition, Richter has given papers at the annual meetings of the Society for Ethnomusicology, the Society of Dance History Scholars, the Congress on Research in Dance, and the Dance Studies Association, where she was part of the inaugural panel on percussive dance in 2017.
Kat holds an MA in Dance Anthropology from Roehampton University, where she earned Distinction; and a BA in Dance and History from Goucher College, from which she graduated magna cum laude and earned a Caplan Scholarship to Oxford University. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and son.