"I came to Coker from the professional dance world in Seattle, WA, where I was the artistic director of my own dance company, a professional dancer, a Pilates instructor and a dance teacher. I came to Coker because I wanted to inspire and ignite passion for dance in a small, liberal arts setting, while sharing my professional experience to help refine dancers' skills and guide each student to find their own creative voice. I love the sense of community here, my colleagues and the creative students."
Kristin Hapke is the Artistic Director of tindance company in Seattle, WA. Her work has been produced in New York City, Seattle, Portland, Philadelphia, Washington DC and Columbus as well as in Canada, The Netherlands, Germany and Poland. Her collaborations with media artist Marlon Barrios have received international recognition for their emergence of improvisation and interactive technologies. Hapke was awarded a full scholarship to Jacob Pillow’s Choreographer’s Lab and has been nominated for the ACDFA/Dance Magazine Award for Outstanding Choreographer for her piece, Tracking presented at the Kennedy Center. As a professional dancer she has worked with Seattle-based companies Scott/Powell Performance, Maureen Whiting Company and Crispin Spaeth and performed works by New York choreographers Bebe Miller, Zvi Gottheiner, Phillippa Kaye and Vanessa Justice. In January 2013, she performed as a soloist in Jurg Koch’s rendition of Nijinky’s Rite of Spring, at University of Washington Meany Hall. Recently, Hapke was awarded an Artist Trust Grant for her latest work terrain in Seattle, WA.
Hapke received her MFA in Dance from Ohio State, her BA from University of Oregon and her Laban/Bartenieff Certification from Integrated Movement Studies in Seattle, WA. Hapke has taught dance technique, improvisation, somatics and movement analysis at The Ohio State University, Cornish College of the Arts, University of Washington, Hunter College, Columbus Dance Theater and Velocity Dance Center. During 2011 as a Visiting Professor at Slippery Rock University, she choreographed several works on students, performed in faculty concerts and choreographed an evening length showcase.