About the Director
Photo credits L to R: Debbie Goodpaster, JP Connelly, Diane Bosma
Katie Popiel has been clogging since the late 1980s, performing with and competing on various teams. She has been teaching contemporary American clog dancing in Tucson, Arizona since 2011, when she also founded the Saguaro Stompers Clog Dance Company. She continues to teach, choreograph for, and direct the troupe. She loves teaching clogging at workshops in Arizona and California, and volunteers on the organizing committee for the Southern Arizona Clogging Festival held in January in Tucson. She enjoyed being Assistant Director/Seasonal Director/cast member for three years for Musical Mayhem Cabaret, a musical comedy troupe performing a new one-night-only show monthly. Some of her other favorite theatrical experiences thus far include dancing in a music video alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt, touring as the solo Irish dancer in Lonely Street Productions’ show, “Luck of the Irish” (2015 and 2019), dancing in an international commercial for LG phones called “Everyday, Spectacular,” and being a vocalist on the album The Killing Place by American Murder Song (released November 2018). In September 2018, she was thrilled to place second out of 36 initial contestants in the inaugural edition of Oro Valley's Got Talent, at which Michael Kelly (nephew of Gene) christened her "the Duchess of Dance."