KT Huckabee, Company Founder
KT Huckabee formed the original Allied Motion Dance Company in 1998, shortly after taking over as head of the dance program at Penn State Altoona. The central artistic mission was collaborative, and the company's repertory developed around collaboration with composers, musicians, poets, visual artists, and theatre artists. From 1998 to 2008, KT developed a deep repertory of dances, with themes spanning from comic to serious. She takes inspiration from history, personal experiences, imagery, fantastical thoughts and hopes.
In the decade after Allied Motion went on hiatus, Huckabee set her repertory on other companies, including Ivyside Dance Ensemble, the student company of Penn State Altoona. In 2018, while working for IDE KT brought a diverse cast of alumni and current students together for "Skyline," a piece exploring disintegration and rebirth. This experience sparked her interest in reforming Allied Motion with a new generation of dancers and a broader, more community focused mission.
Huckabee brings a lifetime of experience to her role as Artistic Director. She began dancing in 6th grade after meeting a teaching nun who had
been a former Broadway dancer. She received her BFA in dance from East Carolina University and MFA from University of North Carolina at Greensboro, then took her first academic position West Virginia University. She continued her career at Rowan College of New Jersey (Glassboro State College) and Weber State University before joining the Penn State University faculty in 1998. At Penn State Altoona, Huckabee serves as program director of the integrative arts program and director of the dance studies minor. Her teaching includes modern, jazz, and tap technique, Laban movement analysis, and Bartenieff fundamentals. She also teaches courses in dance education.
From 1984 until 2010, Huckabee taught dance to children of many ages in public schools, community centers, and recreational programs, primarily through the Galaxy and SAMA arts in education programs. She founded the Children’s Dance Theatre Workshop as a branch of Allied Motion. CDTW fostered freedom of expression with individual style and improvisation at its core. Huckabee's philosophy is that children who find their personal expression in dance builds confidence and a sense of personal power. Bringing CDTW and other non-traditional dance experiences to the children of central Pennsylvania is an important factor in the relaunch of Allied Motion.
Caitlin Osborne, Manager of a New Generation
Caitlin Osborne joined Allied Motion in 2003, after a friend suggested that she seek out KT Huckabee as a teacher. She danced under KT's direction for several years, originating several roles and eventually becoming the company's grants writer and educational program coordinator. In 2005, she joined the faculty of Penn State Altoona and, in partnership with KT, embarked on the project of redesigning and building up the dance program there.
In 2007, Caitlin founded Ivyside Dance Ensemble, the student dance company at Penn State Altoona. As Caitlin and KT directed more attention to strengthening the dance program, focus on Allied Motion waned. Community dancers had difficulty making the substantial time commitment needed to produce multiple concerts each year, and the pressure of producing choreography for both companies led Allied Motion to go on hiatus in the spring of 2008.
For years, the pair focused on training students dancers, and Ivyside Dance Ensemble finished 11 years of production under Caitlin's direction in 2018. In her final concert before leaving Penn State Altoona, Caitlin invited a number of alumni to perform
with IDE again. The success of the project was phenomenal, with alumni traveling from three states to perform once again on the stage at Misciagna.
Though Caitlin's time as a faculty member had drawn to a close, it was clear that the Ivyside alumni still had dancing to do. After a mixed alumni/
student concert at the 2018 Central PA Theatre and Dance Fest, Caitlin suggested to KT that Allied Motion reform with a group of younger dancers and shift the mission to one of inclusion - creating space for dancers who have less time and fewer opportunities to dance in their young adult years, reigniting the arts in education programs that brought free dance to Altoona's school age population, and focusing on the community building possibilities of dance. Allied Motion's performing roster now contains many of the dancers that KT and Caitlin trained at Penn State Altoona. They join advanced students and community members to perform as a repertory company, based at Penn State Altoona.