Kat Cooley

Professional Performing Artist


Kathryn Cooley is a professional dancer and aerialist based in the UK and Ireland. Trained in Cornwall, she attended St. Austell College where she graduated with a distinction in her BTEC Dance qualification. She then received her BA (Honours) Degree in Performing Arts (Dance) from L.I.P.A, (Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts) in 2009. As soon as she graduated she was taken on by international aerial dance company Fidget Feet (based in Ireland) and is now an associate artist with the company.

Upcoming Teaching and Workshops –

If you want to catch a class with Kat in 2020 she will be teaching at:

The Irish Aerial Dance Festival – see here for details – https://irishaerialdancefest.com

Watch this space for more to come…




Associate Artist with Fidget Feet Aerial Dance, Ireland 2009 – present
All or Nothing Aerial Dance Theatre, Scotland 2012 – present
White Gold – Iron Oxide, Scotland – Cuerda Producciones, Argentina 2014
Paradise Lost? – Scarabeus Aerial Dance Theatre, London 2013
Inside Out Launch – Iron Oxide, Scotland 2012


Les Commandos Percu, France 2012 – 2013
C-scape Dance Company, Cornwall 2013
Commonwealth Handover Ceremony, Delhi 2010
Attik Dance, Cornwall 2010
Cantabile 2, Denmark 2010 – 2011
Ringo Star Concert, Liverpool 2008


European Aerial Dance Festival 2014 – present
Irish Aerial Dance Festival 2013 – present
Rise Youth Dance Company 2012
Adventure International 2010
DanceBase, Edinburgh 2009 – 2010

Harness Work

Vertical Dance

Kat is passionate about harness work, exploring this diverse art form within her own practice, performance and choreographic work. She has performed for Gravity & Levity, Scarabeus Aerial Dance Theatre, and Kate Lawrence Vertical Dance to name a few. She was also involved in the Vertical Dance Forum, a three-year Creative Europe funded project. Check out the videos below.

Vertical Dance Forum in Wales – YouTube
Vertical Dance Forum in Ireland – YouTube
Vertical Dance Forum in Croatia – YouTube

Aerial and Harness Consultant

Another string to Kat’s bow is aerial and harness consultation. Here are some recent selected highlights:

TearAway, Cie Breaked  – Youtube

Zog live – Freckly Productions –  YouTube

Motionhouse – Lumin – Romania – 2018 – YouTube

Kat has been delighted and honoured to work for High Performance since 2018 and is now PPE certified as well as working at height qualified.  

If you require an aerial/harness consultant, please contact for details.


Recently Kat’s skills in counterweighting have brought her many new exciting projects including:

How to Square a Circle – YouTube – 2018 – present

Bothy Culture and Beyond – Grit Orchestra – Celtic Connections 2018 – All or Nothing Dance Theatre – YouTube
Research and Development
Trioperas – Covent Garden Soloist – 2017

Performance Videos

Kat & Dawg

From 2017-2020 Kat worked with esteemed colleague Maire Dee to create Kat and Dawg Productions. In 2018 they created Ireland’s first vertical dance film ‘Walls of Limerick’. This internationally acclaimed short film has won numerous awards worldwide.

In 2019 the duo also produced their first live show ‘By a Thread’.