IU School of Liberal Arts
At IUPUI, even the students serve as teachers. Katy Fineman, a native of Redding, England, has turned her passions for dance and learning into a dual role as both teacher and student through IUPUI's individualized major program (IMP), based in the IU School of Liberal Arts.
As a student, Katy is pursuing a bachelor's degree through IMP in dance and geography while minoring in business (in the Kelley School of Business). Her long-term goal is to run her own business - teaching social and competitive dance - which her personalized program will help achieve. Her geography training - which included a two-week trip to Cuba to research salsa dancing in that nation - fulfills a personal love of world events.
As a teacher, Katy directs classes in swing dancing (both West Coast and East Coast styles) and ballroom dancing through the IU School of Physical Education and Tourism Management, and leads the increasingly popular IUPUI Swing Cats dance team. The team is primarily made up of students, although IUPUI staff and community dancers also are welcome in the program. In addition to competitions, the Swing Cats perform both locally and nationally.
Her love of dancing - she started at age three - is infectious: she is both the founder and an instructor for the Indy FineLiners, the 2003 U.S. champion line dance team that both competes and entertains. Katy plans to continue teaching dance of all types - swing, line, waltz, salsa and more - as a business or on the collegiate level.