Katie Elliott founded 3rd Law Dance/Theater with her husband and co-director Jim LaVita. She has been creating original evenings of dance/theater, site specific work and installations for more than twenty years. Her works have appeared on the stage in Colorado, at the International Dance Festival in Hong Kong, in Taipei, Taiwan, and other festivals throughout the US including the American Dance Festival in Durham, NC.  


Elliott’s wish to intersect with other communities has led to a variety of collaborations including Grammy-nominated musician Art Lande, a shared evening with The Hannah Kahn Dance Company, an original piece made for the wearable “soundsuit” sculptures of visual artist Nick Cave, music collaborations with Zachary Carrettin, Mina Gajic, Marcia Schirmer and The Boulder Bach Festival, and a site specific performance in collaboration with digital media artist Darwin Grosse for the Henry Moore exhibition at Denver Botanic Gardens. Through residencies Elliott has set work on numerous university companies nationally and internationally.


Most recently she taught at HUST University in Wuhan China through a program initiated by Beijing Dance LDTX. Some of her commissions include St. Paul Ballet, Ormao Dance Company, Nancy Cranbourne’s One Big Yes Productions, Boulder Ballet, Ballet Nouveau Colorado, Colorado Repertory Dance, and Interweave Dance. In recognition of her body of work, she received a Neodata Endowment Fellowship for artistic excellence. Elliott has a BFA in dance from the University of Utah and an MFA from the American Dance Festival/Hollins University Program.


3rd Law is a past recipient of the Colorado Dance Alliance “Cutting Edge award for innovative use of 21st century technology and choreography.”  Katie Elliott, Jim LaVita and 3rd Law received the “Living Legends of Dance in Colorado” award honoring companies that have made an outstanding contribution to dance.