Kathy Auten began as a student with the California Ballet Company 20 years ago. She taught classes for the company, served as ballet mistress, and rose through the ranks to the position of soloist. But Auten never made star status, even here on the home front.
When director Maxine Mahon began encouraging dancers to try their hand at choreography, Auten took up the challenge. For three consecutive years, she waltzed off with an award for her inventive and pleasingly musical choreographic designs. It was then that she realized her true calling.