Kathy Mata trained with Ms. Tatiana Svetlanova of the School of Russian Ballet, Mr. Alan Howard of the Academy of Ballet, The Royal Academy of Dancing, and others. She was a member of the California Imperial Ballet, Pacific Ballet, and the San Francisco Ballet. Ms. Mata has taught adult dancers since 1985. From 1995, she has been teaching at the Alonzo King LINES Dance Center specializing in adult ballet. Kathy Mata Ballet was created in 1988, and has since been showcasing original work synthesizing contemporary and classical dance forms, often incorporating multi-cultural dances and music including Gospel, Afro-Cuban, Japanese, Brazilian, Chinese and Modern Dance combined with classical ballet.