Katy Alaniz Rous (née Barnhill), a native of San Francisco, has participated in cultural dance since childhood. For three decades she has studied over 30 styles of cultural dance plus ballet, jazz, contemporary, and hip-hop. Because of her understanding of the principles of each movement her choreography crystalizes each cultural dance form.
Ms. Rous travelled internationally after completing her BA in World Arts and Cultures from UCLA in 2000. She taught workshops in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, getting to know the people, language, and culture. The time spent there was eye opening and life changing. She became determined to seek more cultural diversity of dances. Since her time in Brazil, she has been invited to perform and teach workshops in Los Angeles, New York, Connecticut, Spain, India, Pakistan, and Guam.
Katy Alaniz Rous returned to the Bay Area in 2001 inspired to create a dance company to integrate all these enduring dance forms. She created World Dance Fusion. The company’s work has been presented in San Francisco at: ODC Theater, Theatre Artaud, Dance Mission Theater, Kanbar Hall at JCCSF, and the Palace of Fine Arts. Nationally, World Dance Fusion has been presented at venues such as the Tribeca Performing Arts Center and Arthur Ashe Stadium and internationally at the National Gallery of Modern Art, Bombay; Asociación Antigua de Sevilla; and the Alhamra, Lahore, Pakistan. In 2007, Katy was invited by the United States government to be an Ambassador for Dance and travel to China, Russia, and South Africa.
Ms. Rous feels that she has gained a unique perspective from the close associations she cultivated through dance in her domestic and international travels and that the study of culture through dance is never-ending.
World Dance Fusion’s first full-length production, The Jewish Nutcracker is entering its fourth season. Katy also teaches several styles of dance at the ODC School in San Francisco.
Katy’s dance forms:
• Brazil: Afoxe (Orixa), Capoeira (Angola & Regional),Forro, Pagode, Samba, Samba Reggae
• Caribbean: Cuban Folkloric (Orisha Dances, Rumba),Merengue, Afro-Haitian Folkloric, Dunham Technique
• Central Asia: Afghani, Azerbaijani, Persian Classical,Tajik, Uzbek
• Columbia: cumbia
• The Democratic Republic of Congo: Congolese
• East Asia: Chinese Folk and Classical, Mongolian, Tibetan
• Europe: Russian Character, Flamenco
• Ghana: Ghanaian
• Guinea: Djembe
• India: Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Odissi
• Middle East: Egyptian Cabaret Belly Dance, Turkish Romani
• United States: Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop, Contemporary