The Files (future inspired leaders exemplifying success) arts project
The FILES Arts Project is preparing for the 2017 Summer Dance workshop in Birmingham, Alabama!
Dancer/Choreographer Katherine “Kat” Files (New York, New York) is a 2015 graduate of the Ailey/Fordham University B.F.A. Program in Dance and a Glorya Kaufman Foundation Dance Scholar. Katherine is the first Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA) graduate accepted to the prestigious Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT)/Fordham University at Lincoln Center program, and she was the recipient of the Prix d’ Excellence de Dance Award, the highest award given in Dance at ASFA. Most recently, Kat joined Felice Lesser Dance Theater(FLDT) and performed in the world premiere of "Lightning" in February 2017. She also performed in the 5th Annual Brooklyn Dance Festival at the BAM Fisher Theater and Kumble Theater, LIU in a work by noted choreographer Sidra Bell. During Kat's senior year, she was a selected member of the Ailey/Fordham Student Dancers and performed at local NYC schools. In 2013 & 2014, Kat performed in Alvin Ailey's "Memoria" during the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's New York City Season. She also performed on CBS New York, worked with Matthew Rushing on “Into the Void” that was performed at the Park Avenue Armory, and participated in numerous B.F.A. dance performances at the Ailey Citigroup Theater in New York City. Kat has had the opportunity to perform in the works of such acclaimed choreographers as Sidra Bell, Darrell Moultrie, Norbert De La Cruz III, Astrid Von Ussar, Troy Powell, Sylvia Waters, Ronnie Favors, Matthew Rushing, Ronald K. Brown, Sonia Dawkins, Germaul Barnes, Hope Boykin, Darshan Bhuller, Alexandre Proia, Allyne Gartrell, Carlos Dos Santos and Camille A. Brown. She was accepted into the AAADT Mentorship program and assigned to principal dancer Alicia Graf Mack. Kat has also served as an intern with the Daisha and Alicia Graf Arts Collective.
Kat enjoys sharing her talent and encouraging others to pursue their dream of dance through community service such as work with Metropolitan Youth Orchestras of Central Alabama/Scrollworks, Woodlawn Ballet, Birmingham City Schools and Tuscaloosa City Schools. During the Summer of 2014, she had the privilege of teaching a Horton Masterclass at the historic Carver Theatre in Birmingham, Alabama. It was from this experience that Kat created The FILES (Future Inspired Leaders Exemplifying Success) Arts Project. Since then, The FILES Arts Project has held workshops that culminated in showcases the Summer of 2015 and 2016. During the 2016 Workshop, Kat's choreographed work “Nineteen Sixty-Three,” which was originally performed in New York City at The Ailey School, was the Showcases' closing performance. The piece pays tribute through dance to the Civil Rights Movement and the four little girls (Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley) killed in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama. Ms. Files is originally from Birmingham, AL.
Royce Files (Los Angeles, CA) is currently working towards his Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree in Saxophone Performance at the University of Southern California under Dr. Jessica Maxfield. Mr. Files was awarded his Master of Music (MM) degree at The University of Cincinnati - College Conservatory of Music (CCM) in 2014 while studying under Dr. James Bunte, principal saxophonist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, Royce was a recipient of a Jazz Graduate Assistantship and a Graduate Scholarship at CCM. In 2012, Mr. Files obtained his Bachelor of Music (BM) degree in Saxophone Performance from the University of Dayton while studying under Dr. Willie Morris III. Royce was the recipient of a 4-year renewable Presidential Scholarship and music scholarship at the University of Dayton. He has also studied with Paul Cohen, Jim Flowers, Dwight Houston and Angel Negrin. Mr. Files has performed in a multitude of music ensembles, including the CCM Wind Orchestra, CCM Jazz Lab Band, and the University of Dayton First Flight Saxophone Quartet. In 2012, Mr. Files’ University of Dayton-based First Flight Saxophone Quartet was invited to perform at the International Society for Music Education World Conference in Thessaloniki, Greece. In addition to his collegiate activities, Royce has served as the Vacation Bible School Music Director for his Church, has taught music at Birmingham City Schools and Homewood City School band camps, and has been a guest performer at many civic organizations and area churches. While studying at CCM, Mr. Files worked with the Whiz Kids program; an outreach program aimed at mentoring students in disadvantaged schools without music programs. He also worked with the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of Central Alabama/Scrollworks as a saxophone instructor. When he was younger, he toured Paris, France and Genoa and Rome, Italy as a member of the Magic City Boys Choir. His passion for music was kindled by his Grandfather, the late Curtis Files Jr., who was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame as a Legendary Blues Artist. Mr. Files is originally from Birmingham, Alabama where he attended Homewood High School.
Christian Files (Milwaukee, WI) works in corporate finance at Rockwell Automation and holds an MBA from Marquette University with a concentration in marketing. Christian recently completed the company’s Finance Leadership Development Program, where he transitioned between four finance and accounting roles at the Milwaukee headquarters and Cleveland office with a focus on financial planning and analysis. Prior to joining Rockwell Automation he completed two internships with Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, Arizona. In 2012, Christian earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio, graduating magna cum laude with a concentration in Finance. During his time at Dayton, he was a trombonist for several of the university’s music ensembles, serving as the principal trombonist for the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and a member of the Dayton Jazz Ensemble. In addition to his academic and musical pursuits, Mr. Files was elected to the executive committee for the University of Dayton chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars as Vice-President. In this role he facilitated workshops for students focusing on professional development and organized community service events to benefit the Dayton Metropolitan Area. Christian gained experience teaching trombone to high school students as a summer band instructor at Homewood High School, where he was the brass section leader and selected to the Alabama All-State Band. He also has vocal experience as a former member of the Magic City Boy's Choir. His time with the choir was what opened his eyes to the opportunities excellence in the arts can provide as he was able to perform with the group in Paris, France and Rome, Italy at a young age. The passion he has for music and the performing arts comes from his family, which can be traced to his grandfather, the late Curtis Files, Jr., who was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame as a Legendary Blues Artist. Christian is originally from Birmingham, Alabama.
The FILES (Future Inspired Leaders Exemplifying Success) Arts Project was created by Dancer/Choreographer Kat Files. Kat has always believed that arts training and performance opportunities should be inclusive, available, and accessible to all students. The FILES Arts Project recognizes that traditionally underserved and underrepresented communities will become stronger through arts education. This project was born out of Ms. Files' desire to expose participants to dance masterclasses in various techniques such as Horton, Jazz, Limon, and Graham in her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama.
Kat has worked with acclaimed choreographers Felice Lesser, Sidra Bell, Darrell Moultrie, Norbert De La Cruz III, Astrid Von Ussar, Troy Powell, Sylvia Waters, Ronnie Favors, Matthew Rushing, Ronald K. Brown, Sonia Dawkins, Germaul Barnes, Hope Boykin, Darshan Bhuller, Alexandre Proia, Allyne Gartrell, Carlos Dos Santos, and Camille A. Brown. To thoroughly prepare participants for careers in the arts and to provide them with the dance skills necessary to work with professional choreographers, Kat created The FILES Arts Project. It provides participants with performance opportunities in dance and music as well as educational segments such as "the healthy artist initiative" and "the business of being an artist." Since the Summer of 2014, The FILES Arts Project has successfully presented these workshops to participants at no cost. During the Summer of 2015, Kat collaborated with her brothers, Royce Files (Master Saxophonist) and Christian Files (Businessman/Trombonist) as well as Kyra McCarty (Dancer/Choreographer), Coreisa Lee (Flutist), and Lisa Altamirano (Physical Therapist) to present a one week workshop at the historic Carver Theatre in Birmingham, Alabama. During the Summer of 2016, Kat collaborated with fellow New York City dancers Mecca Allah, Chelsea Parron, and Caci Pritchett. The 2016 Showcase culminated in a performance of "Nineteen Sixty-Three", a piece originally performed in NYC, which was choreographed by Ms. Files. The piece pays tribute through dance to the Civil Rights Movement and the four little girls (Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley) killed in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama.
Kat's passion for the performing arts comes from her family, which can be traced back to her grandfather, the late Curtis Files Jr., who was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame as a Legendary Blues Artist in 2014.