As a trained historian and dance anthropologist, Kat Richter specializes in the research of percussive dance forms, especially tap. In 2009, she earned Distinction from Roehampton University for her MA dissertation, "Importing Rhythm Tap: The Structure and Significance of the Shim Sham Shimmy at the London Tap Jam."
Papers and Presentations
On Taps: The Dancer/Musician Continuum and its Implications for Tap Pedagogy (Paper, Society for Ethnomusicology/Congress on Research in Dance, University of Pennsylvania, 2011)
Incorporating Multiculturalism into Creative Movement Education (Presentation, Settlement Music School, PA, 2011)
Importing Rhythm Tap: Americanizing British Tap with the Shim Sham Shim (Paper, Congress on Research in Dance, Florida State University, FL, 2011)
Trading Taps: Spectacle and Meaning in the Percussive Dance Challenge (Society of Dance History Scholars; Surrey University, 2010; proceedings available online)