Kate Trabalka graduated from East Tennessee State University in 2021 with a BA in Media and Communication, with a concentration in Journalism and a minor in Dance. She is originally from Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where she trained in ballet, tap, lyrical, jazz and pom. During her time at ETSU, she was a member of the university’s dance team, a middle school dance team coach, and a teacher at The Dance Company in Johnson City – where she now works seasonally as one of the competition team choreographers. Kate is currently in her second year of graduate school at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, where she is studying photojournalism. She interned for Dance Teacher Magazine and Dance Business Weekly during the summer of 2022.