About Knox Harter
Known as the Cheesecake Darling, Knox Harter has the ability to captivate, allure, embarrass, intrigue, swoon, delight, amuse and seduce audiences all over. Raised in the northern woods of Ontario, she was brought up to be wild and independent, and spent her lifetime training in numerous dance styles, especially ballet, modern, jazz, contemporary and physical theatre; as well completing her studies in etiquette and how to be a lady. Although she excelled in her studies, she proved to be a fiery little imp when she wanted to be, often telling tall tales, flirting with gentlemen and dancing in the street. Knox has always kept her child-like playfulness as a young woman, coercing and teasing all that cross her path with ocean blue eyes. This cheesecake darling loves nothing more than for you to watch her dance and enjoy her company, and she in turn will make sure you leave feeling nothing short of butterflies. But be warned, this sweet little ginger cat has claws, and can eat you whole if she wants, or worse, break your heart. With a reputation for versatility, infectious energy, powerful performance quality and technical skill, Knox has become a name to watch for in the burlesque scene.
Originally a classically trained dancer with a B.F.A. in Performance Dance from Ryerson University, she has extensive training in ballet, contemporary, jazz and musical theatre in particular. She happened upon burlesque by accident when she auditioned for Sophie Luxton and was taken on to do shows at Second City in Toronto. Knox met Laura Furtado where she join the DivaGirl community and began teaching classes and doing corporate and commercial entertainment. After being sought out by Carla Catherwood, Knox continued to train and perform with Nuvo-Burlesque (now known as The Army of Sass). She then competed and won Nuvo-Burlesque's competition "Who Wants To Be The Next Bombshell Beauty?" While working with the Bombshells, Knox met Pastel Supernova and became one of the original members of Love Letters Cabaret. While working with Love Letters and through the guidance of Pastel Supernova, Knox Harter was developed and born. Since then Knox has had the honour of working with Great Canadian Burlesque, Red Herring Productions, Wonder Geeks Activate, Capital Tease, Vamps Like Us, Skin Tight Outta Sight, Platinum Productions, Candyass Cabaret, Missy/Ink Magazine, Demure Productions, Tassel d'Or, SIN Burlesque, Sudbury Burlesque, and The Lovers Cabaret. She has perfirmed in numerous festivals including the Toronto Burlesque Festival, Ottawa Burlesque Festival, Captial Tease Expo and Girlesque.
On top of regular bookings and performances, Knox continues to work regularly with Love Letters Cabaret, and is also the co-owner, director and choreographer of High Society Cabaret.
Instructor and Choreographer
Knox has become known for her high energy instruction and artistic guidance both in her own work and when harnessing the light of others. Her wide range of expertise and focused attitude as made her a sought-after teacher and instructor. On top of her B.F.A in Dance from Ryerson, Knox has earned her Intermediate RAD in ballet, her CanFit FIS and PTS certification, and has over 15 years of teaching experience; from the very small to the very tall, absolute beginner to advanced pro. For private instruction, special workshops or other general inquiries, visit the CONTACT page.
High Society Cabaret
High Society Cabaret is an independent Toronto-based dance company founded by artistic director Belle Epoque, and operated with co-Artistic Director Knox Harter. It is inspired by classic vintage aesthetics ranging from the baroque period to the swinging sixties, combining elements of the burlesque tease with cabaret style dance. Our cast of dancers & actors delight audiences with their captivating top-tier talent, humour and charm. A little nostalgia with a hint of now, High Society Cabaret will transport you to many a by-gone era.