Catherine (Cat) Maguire is a movement educator, dance artist, Certified Movement Analyst (CMA), Registered Somatic Movement Educator through ISMETA (International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association), and a master teacher of the Laban/Bartenieff Movement System (LBMS). She is a member of WholeMovement, a coterie of Movement Analysts working together to promote the LBMS globally, and has taught and co-coordinated Movement Analysis Certification Programs in the US, Europe, Mexico and China. Cat is also a collaborator and consultant for the Robotics, Automation and Dance (RAD) Lab at the University of Illinois Urbana- Champaign under the direction of Dr. Amy LaViers where she works with roboticists on embodied movement training and analysis to support the development of expressive robotic systems.
After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Wesleyan University with honors in dance and psychology, Cat earned a Certified Movement Analyst degree from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in New York City. For the next eight years, she was the artistic director of Offspring Dance Company in New York City and the founder and head of the dance program at Drew University in Madison, NJ. While executive director of Piedmont Council of the Arts in Charlottesville, Cat continued to teach, choreograph and perform throughout Central Virginia and internationally. From 2003 to 2010, Cat was assistant professor of dance at Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC), where she was an integral part of the development and implementation of the associate’s degree in dance, the only one of its kind in the Virginia Community College System.
Currently, Cat teaches group classes and individual sessions in the Charlottesville VA area designed to foster self-expression, body connectivity and transformation through movement.