Cat Mahari focuses on movement and collaborations with diverse artists and communities to experience creative processes with potent transformational possibilities. She is a 2x UMKC SEARCH grant awardee and 2008 Fulbright/Gilman Scholar, for her performance-as-research series on interconnectivity between Merce Cunningham and breaking, presented at University of Missouri at Kansas City's Conservatory of Music and Dance, as part of the SEARCH Symposium (2007, 2009). This 2-part series explored chance procedure, film and movement technologies, and space/place. Her practice-as-research interdisciplinary solo mixtape series Violent/Break, that questions conditions of violence, premiered in London at the Brink Festival (2011). Vol I has been shown in Carei, Romania and Toronto, CA. Ms. Mahari is a recipient of Regional Arts Commission Artist Support Grant (2013) for practice-as-research process The Floor, an on-going in-depth study into traditions of 2-stepping (partnered dance), Great Black Migration of WWII, and folk lore. She is a 2x performing artist-in-residence for Charlotte St. Foundation in Kansas City, MO (09/14). Her first CSF residency resulted in a KC Arts Inspiration Award for the creation of the multi-media interdisciplinary theatre work titled The Projects that drew on the heterogeneous and jumbled life of downtown, and premiered at Kansas City Fringe Festival (2010). Her second residency resulted in the multi-media interdisciplinary work Expectation of Violence/Rites due Spring: B-BAM! (2015), that exposes Blackness and America in Kansas City, and premiered at La Esquina Gallery. B-BAM! birthed the dynamic performance approach to diversity and inclusion training BAM! the Workshop. She is the original hip hop dance instructor of Hip Hop Academy based in Kansas City, MO, a member of the krump family Gool, break crew Gateway City Breakers, and is a student of house dance legends Cricket (Rennie Harris Puremovement) and Caleaph Sellers (Dance Fusion/MopTop Unit). Her love of campbellocking gave her the opportunity to engage Don Campbell (Soul Train/The Lockers) in a youth workshop called Culture Works. She has taught a summer youth program for Full Radius Dance Company in Atlanta, GA whose choreography challenges assumptions about dancers with disability and provides innovative explorations of movement vocabulary. She studied at Merce Cunningham Dance Company (NYC) and completed her BFA in Dance at the Conservatory of Music and Dance at UMKC. She studied release technique and Rudolph von Laban's choreology in London, England at Laban School of Contemporary Dance, and was a participant in the associate training program of Ballet Black at the Royal Opera House. As a recording artist Cat Mahari is featured on France-based collaborator Guilluame Zenses EP's Astrophobe (Eat Me Records) and Next To You (Cut Music). In boxing, Cat studies under Carlos Moreno, national champion of Portugal.