Katie began her dance training here in Auckland and spent most of her time learning from Phillippa Cambell and Joye Lowe. She competed successfully in many high profile competitions throughout New Zealand before she went to study full time at the Dance Education Centre Tauranga. During her time in Tauranga she danced with the Tauranga Theatre Ballet Company and Baycourt Productions in their staging of Giselle. She was made soloist in 1998 dancing the role of the Ballerina Doll in their production of Petroushka and was also a soloist in their productions of Les Sylphide, Coppelia, Carmen and Napoli.
Katie then moved to Taupo where she taught RAD, NZAMD and competition work for three years.