Dance Opens Doors of Opportunity for College Alumna

by Diane VanDyke

Katie Pflueger. Photo courtesy of Alchemy Dance Company

Katie Pflueger’s persistent passion for dance transformed her over the years from a timid girl into a confident, talented woman who now dances with the Alchemy Dance Company, Philadelphia, while earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance at Temple University.

When she was only four years old, her parents Barbara and Andrew Pflueger, enrolled her in ballet classes hoping the new skills and performance opportunities would help her to overcome her shyness. Her parents’ plan worked. She continued taking ballet and then modern dance classes throughout her teen years at the Delaware Valley Dance Academy, Hatfield. She not only performed with the Academy, but also took on the responsibility of teaching children’s classes.

Following high school graduation, she enrolled at Montgomery County Community College in 2007 in the Liberal Studies program and took as many dance classes as possible. At the time, the College did not offer an Associate in Arts degree program in Dance—the 63-credit program started in the Fall of 2010, after she already transferred to Temple University.  However, Katie was more than satisfied with the dance courses at the College.

“They completely prepared me for dancing with Alchemy and for Temple University’s Dance program,” she said. “I was more classically trained when I was younger. At the College, dance classes are more modern-based. The instructors showed me how to put emotion into my performance.”

While dancing at Montgomery County Community College, she was involved in the Dance Ensemble as a choreographer and as the vice president.  She was also served as the Assistant Artistic Director for a benefit concert, “Journey.”

In February of 2010, Katie performed with the Indigenous Pitch Dance Collective, a group of Philadelphia-based dance companies that emphasize diversity, under the direction of College instructor Stephen Welsh. She was also a company member of the professional, non-profit contemporary modern dance company, Danse4Nia Repertory Ensemble.

In April 2010, she auditioned with 40 to 50 dancers and was offered a position with the Alchemy Dance Company, a non-profit Philadelphia dance company. She is now working with nine other dancers under the direction of Artistic Director Amy Harding, who has taught jazz, tap, ballet and hip-hop to dancers of all ages across the country.

Following her graduation from Temple University in May 2012, Katie plans to continue dancing, performing and teaching.

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