Katie was born and raised in Whittier, California where she began dancing at the age of 4 at Claylee’s Dance Academy and instantly fell in love with dance. There she trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, lyrical, and modern. She studied the classical Cecchetti ballet method, completing her ballet exams all through Grade 9. Throughout her time at Claylee’s Dance Academy, Katie participated in their yearly production of the Nutcracker, dancing roles such as the Dew Fairy and the Sugar Plum Fairy. During high school, she was a member of the non-profit Whittier Youth Ballet company where she had the opportunity to learn and perform classic ballet variations, and work with many ballet and modern choreographers.