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Kate Prince



British director and choreographer Kate Prince is artistic director of ZooNation Dance Company. She made her Royal Opera House debut in 2014 directing and writing ZooNation’s The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, in 2016 revised for the Roundhouse.

Prince was born in Southampton and began dancing aged four, learning ballet, tap and modern locally. She later studied general arts at the University of Edinburgh. She founded ZooNation in 2002, with early works including BoxBeat. In 2005 Sadler’s Wells commissioned the company’s first full-length work, Into the Hoods, conceived and directed by Prince. The show’s premiere in 2006 met with widespread critical acclaim and Into the Hoods went on to become the first hip-hop dance show to transfer to the West End and the longest running dance show in West End history. Prince’s further work with ZooNation and its associated company ZooNation Youth Company has included Some Like it Hip Hop, Groove on Down the Road and the dance film The Holloway Laundrette. Prince became an associate artist of Sadler’s Wells in 2010, with ZooNation becoming a resident company the same year. Prince is also an associate artist of the Old Vic.

Prince’s work elsewhere has included choreography for ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ (BBC), the film StreetDance 3D and the musical Shoes, directed by Stephen Mear. She has been nominated for two Olivier Awards, a Sky Arts Southbank Award, a London Dance Award and two National Dance Awards, among others.


News and features

Dance therapy: How The Mad Hatter's Tea Party inspires and uplifts

17 January 2017
Dance therapy: How <em>The Mad Hatter's Tea Party</em> inspires and uplifts

Sparking humour and conversation in equal measure, ZooNation's lively show serves as a creative outlet in more ways than one.

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party dance highlight: ‘Find your groove’

17 January 2017
<em>The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party</em> dance highlight: ‘Find your groove’

Share the joy in ZooNation’s infectious, hip-hop celebration of embracing all the things that make us who we are.

Turbo’s Top Tracks: The Mad Hatter's Tea Party star reveals the music videos that inspired his style

14 December 2016
Turbo’s Top Tracks: <em>The Mad Hatter's Tea Party</em> star reveals the music videos that inspired his style

ZooNation's Mad Hatter reveals the eight tracks – from Michael Jackson to Missy Elliott – which inspired him to dance, and inform his character.