2017 CS Teaching Artists
Katina McClain2017 Dance Teaching Artist
Katina McClain has been an educator in K-12 education for 13 years. She has worked for Lowell, Belmont, and Haverhill Public Schools. She currently works as a World Language, Performing Arts Educator and Cheer Coach for Boston Public Schools. Her areas of expertise are Physical Education, Dance Education, Spanish, and English Language Learners. She also has 15 years of experience teaching dance and theater classes.
Katina has a strong background in the performing arts. Having been a dancer for over 20 years, her area of expertise includes ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, theater dance, and modern dance. Katina's dance training also extends to cultural/ethnic dances as well; she has training in West African, Afro-Caribbean, Latin Dances, and Hawaiian Dance. She has worked with various dance companies in Arizona and Massachusetts such as Desert Dance Theater, Ashi Modern Dance, Kelley Donovan & dancers, and Silimbo Drum & Dance.
Katina has a B.F.A. in Dance Education from Arizona State University and a M.A.T. in Spanish Secondary Education from Salem State University. She's studied and created multiple interdisciplinary curriculums with the use of dance and arts based curriculums, with the standard academia curriculums to develop and enhance literacy skills. Katina has a passion and love for education and the arts, and is happy to share this love by offering a variety of fun creative classes that use the arts to teach in a variety of different ways, while promoting academic development and physical fitness. McClain also has a certification in Kids Yoga, and is currently working on her PhD at Lesley University with a focus on Arts Equity, Social Emotional Learning (SEL) within Urban Education by use of education policy. She is also the Artistic Director of DanKo Productions a dance fusion company that uses dance and movement as an educational tool for wellness and empowerment.