Meet the Director


Kathleen Carter, born in Houston, Texas, began her dance training at the age of three. Kathleen is a Newman Smith graduate, class of 2007. She received her B.S. in Dance and English from Stephen F. Austin State University.

During her time at Smith, she was a four year member and officer of Gallery in Motion Dance Company, a four year cheerleader and performed in all NSHS musicals.

While at SFA, enrolled in advanced levels of dance technique and was a member of the SFA Repertory Dance Company. She attended several American College Dance Association conferences (ACDA), and her senior choreographic piece was selected to perform and be adjudicated at the American College Dance Festival in 2011. She also attended the TAHPERD conference with the SFA Dance Repertory Company.

She spent her first year of teaching as an Assistant Director in Houston where she received a choreography award and assisted her dance team to win a grand champion title. Carter was a member of Elledanceworks, a professional modern dance company. She has been one of the Artistic Directors of The Dance Gallery and Gallery in Motion at Newman Smith since 2013, and is now the director of the Shining Stars of Newman Smith, the Troyanns Drill Team.

She is happily married to Coach Carter and has two children: Dawsyn, 5 years old, & Camden, 3 years old.

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