|“||She's been here since day one. Miss Kate is The Next Step.||”|
Kate is a current judge for a dance competition in the United Kingdom and the owner of The Next Step Dance Studio. When her mother Cathy owned the studio, Kate was a member of A-Troupe during which she was briefly Dance Captain.
Before the Show
Kate started dancing when she was three, ten years before the show. Kate was a dancer in A-Troupe at The Next Step Dance Studio while her mom was the owner. She was also once Dance Captain until she injured herself and lost the position. She performed in the small group round at the 7th annual Absolute Dance Nationals competition, but lost the round, sending her team home.
Kate is sure that A-Troupe will win Regionals. She is shocked to discover that her dancers are unhappy at the studio because of Emily, and learns that a secret Regionals routine was created behind Emily's back. She asks to see the routine, after which a vote for whether the Dance Captain will be Emily or Michelle will take place. Kate sympathizes with Emily when she is demoted, since something similar happened to her before. Kate is irate when she discovers that Stephanie and Emily left the studio for Elite Dance Academy without telling her, and even more so when Stephanie has the audacity to ask to rejoin the troupe. After some deliberation with the team, Kate allows Michelle to let Stephanie rejoin.
Kate feels immensely guilty when Chloe tells her that she can no longer be on A-Troupe due to financial issues, since she had been so hard on her before. When A-Troupe pulls a few strings and Chloe is able to return, Kate is assured of the team's togetherness.
Kate is saddened when Chris informs her that he will be leaving the studio to become co-owner of Superstar Dance Academy. After she bids him farewell, Kate enlists her sister, Phoebe, as the new head choreographer. In lieu of Chloe's past financial problems, Kate grants Chloe a job as a teacher of Baby Ballet classes, and entrusts her with taking care of the studio's money.
Kate allows Amanda to audition for the studio upon Michelle's request, and grows to like her. In fact, when Emily's disposition begins to mirror the one that she harbored the previous year, Kate takes away Emily's captaincy and grants it to Amanda. Kate calls out Chloe when the money goes missing, and also suspends Emily, believing that she was actually behind the theft. She feels guilty when she discovers that Amanda was behind everything.
At Nationals, Kate is met with Lucien and his team against all odds. When Emily injures her knee in the semi-final round Kate is devastated, and contacts a physiotherapist for assistance. When Kate discovers that Emily's injury will prevent her from dancing in the finals, Kate tells the team that they have to forfeit. As she is about to tell Sandra this, Amanda arrives and announces that she will be taking Emily's spot. Kate initially wishes for a team vote as to whether or not Amanda should dance, but after assurance from Emily, Kate permits Amanda to dance in the finals. She is over-the-moon when the team wins Nationals for the first time. Fresh off the win, Kate returns to the studio with Chloe and Giselle, only to find an eviction notice on the door. With a week left in the studio, Kate begins to back up the items in the studio with Riley, James, and West. As Kate is packing up, Lucien enters her office, and proposes that Elite and The Next Step merge for Internationals, appalling Kate.
Kate is infuriated when she she finds out that Lucien is the one who bought the building. Realizing that there is no time to find another studio, she eventually agrees to Lucien's terms. After a lengthy series of dance battles with only a minimal amount of losses, Kate wins her side of the bargain and is able to keep the studio.
Kate is sad but congratulatory when Chloe tells her that she will be leaving the studio to attend La Ballet de la Reine. Kate chooses Amanda to go on the exchange program to Sweden when Ella arrives. When Amanda suggests that West goes on the trip instead of her, Kate tells Amanda that she needs the strongest dancers at the studio, which is why she is an alternate.
Kate picks Thalia, Eldon, Michelle, Stephanie, and Cierra to perform the five-person dance at Internationals. When the group does not construct an International-level routine because of Michelle's tardiness, she grants the position to Riley, James, Giselle, Max, and West instead. Fed up with Michelle, Kate makes her the second alternate for Internationals.
When Kate tries to register the studio at the Internationals venue with Giselle, she becomes anxious after discovering that James did not sign his form, which could result in the team's disqualification. It seems as though all hope is lost, until James hurriedly enters the venue right before closing and is able to sign the form.
She is angered when Lucien becomes an Internationals judge, but is elated when video evidence of his bias against the studio is discovered, causing him to be fired. She is even happier when The Next Step wins Internationals for the first time.
Kate reveals that Phoebe has left the studio to be with the turtles and tortoises in the Galapagos Islands. She is heartbroken when she has to say goodbye to West and Eldon, although she knows that they are doing what is best for them.
Kate refuses to let Amanda join A-Troupe after she misses her audition for an audition for a professional dance company, despite rebuke from both Amanda and Michelle.
Kate is very well-respected by the members of the studio, as many of them refer to her as "Miss Kate." If any member of The Next Step is experiencing problems and needs to confide in Kate, her office door is always open to them. Although she deeply cares about the success of the studio and the dancers in it, she can be impulsive and quick to judge without hearing all sides of a present scenario. She favours voting and dance battles, as those are typically how she makes decisions among the members of the studio. Despite this, it can be seen that Kate has favourites and treats them in a preferential manner.
Kate has a light complexion and light eyes. Unlike her older sister, Phoebe, Kate is quite short and has blonde hair.
- Main article: Kate/Outfits
She usually wears a blouse and a mini-skirt, but occasionally wears plants and a blazer.
- Main article: Chris
- Main article: Lucien
Kate despises Lucien. Although it is assumed to be because he is the owner of a rival studio, it could be a more personal reason, as he knew her mother. At Regionals, she nearly attacks Lucien after he discredits her studio. Additionally, she has said on many occasions—though not to Lucien's face—that she hates his fake French accent.
- Main article: Phoebe
- Main article: Chloe
Kate is extremely trusting of Chloe and is empathetic toward her. When Chloe reveals that she has financial instability and has difficulties affording dance and will therefore be leaving the studio, Kate is visibly upset. She is ecstatic when Chloe returns.
Kate graciously offers Chloe a job at the studio as a Baby Ballet teacher so that she can afford dance. She trusts Chloe with the key and lockbox of Nationals money and feels betrayed when it goes missing, as she does not think that Chloe could steal from her.
She tells Chloe that she doesn't know what she would do without her and is almost tearful (though congratulatory) when Chloe tells her that she will be leaving the studio to tour with ballet company, La Ballet de la Reine.
- Kate used to play soccer when growing up, but ran out of time and became preoccupied with dance.
- If she could dance with anybody, she would dance with Michael Jackson.
- It trapped on a desert island, Kate would take: Bon Iver, Janet Jackson, and John Mayer CDs.
- If Kate were a jam/jelly, she would be mixed jam.
- Kate has a framed photograph of a black and white cat on the desk in her office. However, it remains unclear as to whether the cat is Kate's current or childhood pet.
- Kate has two new framed photographs of a yellow Labrador Retriever on her desk.
- Main article: Kate/Quotes
| "Look at that painting!"
To view the Kate gallery, click here.