Kat Echevarria Richter
Kat Echevarria Richter is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of The Lady Hoofers Tap Ensemble. Her professional training began with the New Jersey Tap Ensemble under the direction of Deborah Mitchell and continued under Junior Laniyan of the London Tap Jam. In 2005, she received a scholarship to Oxford University, and later returned to the UK to complete her graduate work in dance anthropology. Her choreography has been praised by Lew Wittington of the Philadelphia Dance Journal for “tell[ing] great stories in tap and step idioms, less reliant on tricks and traditions and more on innovative tap artistry.” Kat also teaches dance history and all levels of tap technique at Stockton University, writes for Dance magazine, and regularly presents and publishes her tap research.
A native of Philadelphia, Watson began dancing at the age of five, and at the age of ten was asked to join the Philadelphia based Tap Team Two and Company where she served as member and choreographer until 2002. In 2005, Dance Spirit Magazine listed Robyn as one of the "20 Hot Tappers, 20 and Under." In 2016, she served as the tap instructor for the Broadway sensation Shuffle Along. Robyn has collaborated and performed with singer/musician Rhiannon Giddens, in addition to working, studying, and performing under the direction of tap dancer Savion Glover for eight years. She has also performed with noted artists in the discipline including Dianne Walker, Germaine Ingram, and the legendary Mabel Lee. Robyn received her B.A. in Theater from Temple University and has been a resident artist at the Painted Bride Art Center. She currently serves as a professor of dance at Muhlenberg College.