Art Gallery 11/4/2023

We are excited to announce the upcoming art gallery on Saturday, November 4th, 12-2 PM. We appreciate the hard work your kids put in to make quality art, and would love to share it with the rest of KAT’s! Until that time, we will just be keeping all the artwork in class to prepare for the show. If your child brought home artwork, please try to bring it in the next few classes so we can put it in the gallery. It would be ideal if everyone had at least 2-3 pieces in the window display. I know that they are used to seeing their artwork, but others passing by are often amazed and inspired by it.

2023 Fall Music Recitals

Hello families,

We are thrilled to announce the dates and times for our Fall Music Recitals! Tickets will go on sale this Monday, September 25, and may be purchased via phone, email, or during your next visit to KAT’s. Pricing information and the recital schedule are listed below:

  • Tickets: $10 each (on sale starting Monday, 9/25)


6:30: Mr. Filip and Mr. Isaac’s students


6:30: Ms. Kat’s Group Voice Classes

FRIDAY, 10/20

5:00: Ms. McKenna’s students

6:30: Mr. Michael’s students


12:30: Ms. Abbi, Ms. Sarah and Ms. Heather’s students

2:00: Ms. Bonnie, Ms. Madison and Ms. Michelle’s students 

3:30: Mr. Nicky, Ms. Isabelle and Ms. Catherine’s students

5:00: Mr. Kevin and Ms. Taylor’s students

SUNDAY, 10/22

3:00: Mr. Bob, Mr. Nathan and Ms. Eliana’s students

5:00: MrJon and Ms. Whitney’s students

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to reach out at 623-792-7000 or email us at 

Fall Dance Showcase: Swan Lake

We invite you to join us for Kat’s Artist Tree’s Fall Dance Showcase happening this weekend! Our classical ballet program will be performing excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, as well as original choreography in tap, jazz, and contemporary. Whether you have been curious about taking a dance class at KAT’s, know a performer personally, or are looking to enjoy a night of classical music and dance, we thank you for supporting our dance program! 


Friday, September 29 at 6pm

Saturday, September 30 at 4pm & 6pm

Tickets $10 via phone, email, or in person at the front desk. 

The Nutcracker Fantasy Streams Today

Don’t miss this HOLIDAY CLASSIC, with a twist.

Congratulations to our sister-nonprofit on the success of their very first production, The Nutcracker Fantasy.  This beautiful re-imagination of the timeless story combines Classical Ballet with Singing and Acting in a family-friendly holiday spectacular.  

Thank you to Triad’s Sponsors

This show was made possible through the generous contributions of:

Palm Valley Pediatric Dentistry

Kat’s Artist Tree

Sylvan Learning Center of Goodyear

Goodyear Chiropractic

UPstage Group Audio/Video/Lighting

We appreciate their support!

Classes Resume In-Person AND Online

We are thrilled to share that Kat’s Artist Tree is once again delivering all of our classes IN-PERSON!

This includes all of our Dance Classes, Group Music Classes, Art Classes, and Private Lessons.

but wait there’s more…

We are also accepting NEW STUDENTS in our new Online Lesson options. Zoom classes are available in all of our artistic areas.

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Our staff is ready to help you! Fill out our Registration Form and we will reach out right away to take care of you.

Announcing Pre-Professional Ballet

Introducing a new Ballet Curriculum

Kats Artist Tree is thrilled to announce our new Pre-Professional Ballet company under our new dance director Ms. Bonnie Calvert!

We have always been recognized as a leader in high-quality creative instruction.  Our already high standards are reaching a new level with courses specifically designed for serious ballet students – fulfilling a need in the West Valley.

  • More classes, at more advanced levels
  • A professional training program that includes Technique, Pointe, Stretch, and more
  • Premier performance opportunities for students
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Meet our new Dance Director

Please join us in welcoming Bonnie Calvert to the teaching staff at Kat’s Artist Tree as our new Dance Program Director.  Bonnie is an experienced Ballerina who has performed around the world.  From 2016-2019, Bonnie worked as a dance specialist in Puyallup, Washington, creating pre-pointe and pointe programs as well as developing and training dance teachers. At Kat’s Artist Tree, Ms. Bonnie’s experience will help shape our growing curriculum while guiding each Dancer toward success.

We are thrilled to welcome Ms.Bonnie as part of the team alongside our long-time teacher Ms. Alyssa.  We look forward to announcing additional staff members and guest artists in the coming weeks.

We’re expanding our Dance Room

We’ve Renovated our Dance ClassroomWe’ve been busy during lockdown by completely remodeling our dance room.  The space is outfitted as a truly professional dance room:

  • Our Dance Room is now twice its previous size
  • We’ve installed a Sprung Floor
  • The entire floor is covered in Marley Surface for added traction and technique

Stay tuned for additional BEFORE & AFTER pictures of the dance room to see its incredible change!

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Face Masks now Required

We care about the health and safety of all of our students, staff, teachers, and family.  As COVID-19 infection rates continue to rise, we are implementing important requirements to ensure the safety of everyone at Kat’s Artist Tree.

  • Effective June 20, 2020, all staff and students are REQUIRED to wear face coverings (mask or shield) within Kat’s Artist Tree.
  • All parents/non-students are asked to wait in their cars during lessons/classes

Studies have shown that a face covering is the single most effective method of preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  In keeping with our local government mandates, we feel that this is the only responsible way for Kat’s Artist Tree to continue to see students in person.

  • All students still have the option of attending classes online, via ZOOM.  Attendance in person is only an option for families who feel comfortable in this environment and are willing to wear the required face coverings.

Please help us do our part by following these requirements and staying home if you exhibit any symptoms of infection.  On our part, we will continue to step up our cleaning procedures and monitor our staff for symptoms daily to keep everyone safe.

We appreciate the entire community that makes Kat’s Artist Tree such an incredible place and and urge you to stay healthy!

As always, please let us know if you have any questions.


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Private Lessons Move Online

On March 30, 2020 Gov. Ducey announced a Shelter-in-Place policy mandating the closure of businesses like Kat’s Artist Tree to the public. As a result, our incredible teachers are up for the challenge of teaching from home using some of the new technology we have adopted in the past two weeks.

Times like this make it more important than ever for students to continue doing the things they love

Effective April 1, all lessons and classes are online-only via ZOOM

Many of you are already familiar with Zoom as a solid choice for online meetings. Our class management software has recently adopted Zoom and it is the clear choice to allow our teachers to teach while staying safe at home.


We feel that times like this make it more important than ever for students to continue doing the things they love. In the past two weeks alone, we have taught over 250 online classes and found that they can be just as effective as meeting in person.

Our incredible teachers are up for the challenge

Directions for Launching Zoom

If you were already using Skype for online lessons, the process for using Zoom is slightly different. Follow the step-by-step directions below and let us know if you have any questions.

  1. A few minutes before class, you log in to the Parent Portal.
  2. On the home page of the Portal there is a blue box with your “Next Event”
  3. In the bottom-right corner of that box there will be an icon that looks  like a square with an arrow pointing out of it.  Click on that square and follow the directions to download and launch Zoom.

Online Group Class List & Instructions


Hip Hop
Intermediate Acro
Visual Arts
Group Voice
Ballet I
Ballet II
Pointe Class
Jazz Dance
Dance Expression
Pointe Class
Ballet II
Creative Movement
Ballet I

Interested in joining a class?

New students can sign up with Kat’s Artist Tree here:

Directions for Launching a ZOOM Class


  1. A few minutes before class, you log in to the Parent Portal.
  2. On the home page of the Portal there is a blue box with your “Next Event”
  3. In the bottom-right corner of that box there will be an icon that looks  like a square with an arrow pointing out of it.  Click on that square and follow the directions to download and launch Zoom.

Plea for Your Help

Dear Friends & Families,
We would like to take a moment to say THANK YOU for the outpouring of support and your level of understanding during the events of the past week.  There is no question that this is the most challenging moment we have faced during our 8 years in business; but the resilience and cooperation we have received during this crisis give us great hope for the future.  This email will provide you with updates about how we are making positive changes AND it is a call to action for your much-needed help.

Changes for Your Safety

As the landscape evolves daily, we always want to put the health, safety, and well-being of our customers, teachers, and staff as our highest priority.  For this reason, we are making several important changes effective immediately:

  • All Group Classes will be delivered online only, through live-stream or video chat.  
    • Directions are being sent to families individually for each class.Private Lessons are continuing both in person and online
  • Most private lessons have moved online via Skype.  
    • These have been very successful so far and we have added capacity and bandwidth to deliver even more.  
    • If interested in moving your private lessons online, please contact us.
    • For families that still prefer in-person lessons, they are being moved into our largest rooms to allow a safe distance between teacher and student.
    • We have dramatically reduced the number of in-person lessons happening concurrently in order to reduce the number of people in the building at any one time.
  • The lobby is closed to all guests, parents, and non-students
    • Students may enter the building and proceed directly to their lesson.
    • Please wait in your car during your student’s lesson.
    • Please pick them up promptly at the end of the lesson
  • We are reducing our hours.  Our new schedule is:
    • MON: 2 – 8
    • TUE: 2 – 8
    • WED: 12:30 – 8
    • THU: 2 – 8
    • FRI: 11:45 – 8
    • SAT: 9:30 – 3:30

We are Still Going Strong

In times like this, the creative arts and expressions of humanity are more important than ever.  Many students may be struggling to understand the changes they see in the world and are searching for peace and safety.  Our hope is that we can continue to operate in the face of this crisis, and give your children a sense of normalcy in these troubled times.  This week, many of you have expressed your gratitude for our continued operation, and for providing your children with a purpose they can still look forward to.  Once again, we are grateful for your support.

We Need Your Help

We also realize that this pandemic has put many of our families into financially difficult positions and that, for some, continuing lessons is simply not an option.  Overwhelmingly, families that have withdrawn have expressed how much they appreciate their teachers, and that they plan to return.  In part, this message is a PLEA FOR HELP for our teachers, our staff, and the very survival of Kat’s Artist Tree as an institution.  In our eight years, we have established ourselves as a major influence in the healthy development of countless students, and we now fear for our very survival.  

We would like to ask every customer to consider continuing classes, to the extent that you are able, during this time.  If you are a former customer, or someone who has considered taking classes with us, we can use your help now.  Again, we understand that this is not possible for everyone, but if you are fortunate enough to be in a financial position that allows you to continue (either in person or online), please do so.  If you are interested in continuing, but cannot afford to, please contact us to discuss possible arrangements.  We also appreciate any and all referrals you can make to your friends and family.

In Closing

Kat’s Artist Tree will continue to forge ahead for as long as the support of our community makes it possible.  This virus will eventually run its course and we intend to come back to full strength.  On a positive note, this period has provided us with an opportunity to implement several new technologies that we will continue to utilize after this emergency has ended.  In addition, WE ARE STILL ENROLLING FOR SUMMER CAMPS which begin in June.  Deposits paid for camps will be fully refundable if COVID-19 persists to the point that camps must be cancelled.

Thank you for being a valued part of our community, and we also pray for your continued safety during this period of unrest.

Yours Truly,
Kat & Brian Honsberger
Kat’s Artist Tree