Kassandra Taylor Newberry graduated magna cum laude with a BFA degree in Dance from Point Park University. She has choreographed and performed throughout the country as well as in Austria, Germany, and Italy. Mrs. Newberry has won numerous choreography awards: National Choreographic Recognition Award 2007, 2010, 2011 & 2012 (Presented for best choreography in the Southeast RDA); 2010 Choreography Connection Award (presented at Craft of Choreography), Project Tier Outstanding Choreography Award 2008, 2009, 2010; Outstanding Choreographer for Youth American Grand Prix 2009 (where 5 pieces of her choreography were chosen for the top 12 to attend the National Finals in New York City); and Monticello Choreography Award 2004. In 2010 Mrs. Newberry was commissioned to set a piece at Point Park University for Pittsburgh Connections, and had two pieces premier at the CONCEPTS Choreographic Showcase in Winston Salem, North Carolina. She has had 2 works selected to be performed for the American College Dance Festival (Regional and National)-presenting her work at the Kennedy Center as one of two choreographies chosen among 20 universities to attend from the nation. In 2007 Mrs. Newberry moved to San Francisco to join the trainee ensemble with Alonzo King’s LINES Contemporary Ballet, and in 2008 she became ballet mistress and educational director for the Salt Lake Ballet Conservatory in Utah. In 2009 she became ballet mistress for the High Point Ballet and Winston Salem Festival Dance Center. Mrs. Newberry has danced professionally as a founding company member with Winston Salem Festival Ballet, Dance Theatre of Pittsburgh as well as Pillow Project Dance Theatre. She teaches at numerous summer programs around the country including Alonzo King’s LINES summer intensive and has been the Assistant Director of Operations for National Choreographic Intensive 2011 & 2012. She was recently commissioned to create a dance flash mob on 2,000 dancers from across the US to be performed in Montreal, Canada in May 2012. Mrs. Newberry currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia as a freelance dancer, teacher and choreographer.