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 woods of Northern Ontario, she was brought up to be wild, independent, and joyfully defiant. Knox spent her lifetime training in numerous dance styles, especially ballet, modern, jazz, contemporary and physical theatre. She learned how to be a proper lady with etiquette training, but has been selective in its application. 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, an infectious energy, and a powerful performance quality with 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, Knox Harter 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 was recruited by Laura Furtado, and began doing corpoarte entertainment in clubs, lounges and at high profile events as a cabaret dancer. After winning a competition to become one of Carla Catherwood's "Bombshell Beauties", Knox met Pastel Supernova and became one of the original members of Love Letters Cabaret. It was in this time Knox met her business partner and founder of High Society Cabaret, Belle Epoque. Knox inevitably left Love Letters Cabaret to focus on her role as an artitsic director, choreographer and performer with High Society Cabaret. With High Society Cabaret, Knox was wearing multiple hats as she oversaw client bookings, a regular theatretical production and monthly burlesque shows. On top producing, performing and hosting with her own company, she has had the honour of working and performing for many great burlesque producers in Toronto, to Montreal, to Vancouver, to Germany. She has performed in numerous festivals including the London Burlesque Festival (UK), Toronto Burlesque Festival, Ottawa Burlesque Festival, Captial Tease Expo and Girlesque. In 2018, Knox was the producer and curator for one of the Toronto Burlesque Festival's shows called "Spellbound".
Other professional performances outside of burlesque include: the Canadian Opera Company, Motus O Dance Theatre, Second City Toronto, Kaeja d'Dance, City Dance Corps, Mastercard Fashion Week, and the Toronto Fringe Festival. Corporate clients include The Flight Centre, Walmart, Nike, Volvo, Rotery International, Sleeman's, Make Up Forever, Fallsview Casino, The Broadview Hotel, The Drake Hotel, Casa Loma and MuchMusic.
Knox is known for her emotional performances with dynamic movement and impressive physical ability. Her repetoire of acts consists of full and lively characters ranging from sweet and humourous to severe and sinister. Her intensity radiates into the audience for an engaging and thrilling spectacle. Be warned, she has been known to step past the fouth wall, making friends with patrons and creating unforgettable, and one-of-a-kind performance moments.
To see Knox's extended performance resume, click HERE.
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, click HERE.
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.