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How can you leave these arms so tragicly empty?
— Kat Karamakov
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Kat Karamakov
Kat Karamakov - profile.jpg
Full Name Katrina Karen Karamakov
Nickname(s) Kat (everybody)

Kitty Kat (Ethan)

Gender Female
Date of Birth August 5, 1994
Eye Color Blue/grey
Hair Color Blonde
Family Natasha Willis (mother)
Sebastian Karamakov (father)
Ethan Karamakov (half-brother)
Relationships Myles Kelly (ex-boyfriend)
Lucas (ex-boyfriend)
Christian Reed (ex-boyfriend)
Jamie (ex-boyfriend)
Ben Tickle (boyfriend)
Job Student/Dancer
School(s) National Academy of Dance
First Episode Learning to Fly, Part 1
Last Episode Not for Nothing
Portrayed By Alicia Banit

Katrina "Kat" Karamakov isn't sure what she wants to do in the future but she does know there's more to life than dancing. If only her parents would realize it. Kat's dance talent is no surprise -- her mother is the National Ballet Company's principal ballerina, and her father is an acclaimed choreographer. Despite her family background, Kat finds ballet boring. It's tough having celebrity parents and in the dance world this is as A-List as it gets. Tired of traveling the world and lonely hotel rooms, Kat is pleased to find a home at the Academy. Just don't ask her to show it. Her mischievous attitude doesn't go over well with instructors, but her energy and laughter are infectious, and might be just what Tara needs to stay grounded. 

Character History

Season 1

In Season 1, Kat meets Tara Webster, Sammy Lieberman, and Christian Reed who soon become her best friends (mainly Tara and Sammy). She was the formerly best friends with Abigail Armstrong. Kat helps Tara with Sammy to get Abigail to sign a changing rooms sheet,

Kat in Heartbeat

using various methods of torture to make Abigail sign. Even if Kat and Abigail are somehow enemies, Kat still shows empathy towards Abigail sometimes and speaks with her when she encounters to body problems. During this season, Kat is often the caricature of the spoiled child, doing pretty much what she wants. When Tara falls in love with Ethan Karamakov, Kat is upset since she doesn't want to see her friend hurt by her brother, explaining that he will play with her and let her down and that she doesn't want to fix the pieces. Tara writes a Pros and Cons list about Ethan, with Kat as a negitave. Kat doesn't like this, but when she sees Tara crying she helps her, continuing their friendship. Kat says she doesn't understand 'the whole crush thing' but then later claims she does, after she sees Christian walking down the hall. Kat stretches the rules a lot and finds herself doing community service. She begins to enjoy doing it and books a famous TV show excursion. In this time, Ethan and Tara have got together. Kat says she knows her point of view on it, but go ahead if you must. Kat runs late for the bus for the excursion and is forced to go back to the academy in disgrace. She has a massive party and gets herself in trouble, leading her to a probation. Kat shows some reckless behaviour, and she forgets the dance in the audition for the Nutcracker. By the end of Season 1 Kat fails her exams and does not make the cut for second year. Kat's season one boyfriend is Myles Kelly.

Season 2

When she tells her brother Ethan of this he basically tells her that he knows his little sister, and she is not a cheerleader. She listens to her brother and agrees. She gets back into the academy, but her relationship with Christian sends her friendship with Tara down the drain. Christian and Kat then shared a kiss, but Kat did not go through with the relationship because she didn't want to hurt Tara, but this does not stop Christian from


continously flirting with her. Later Tara finds out and Christian kisses Kat again and they become a couple. Tara is at first angry and shocked and Kat would do anything to get back her best friend. She gets her chance when Tara invites her to a circus day. They are the only people to catch each other on the trapeze and they give each other a big hug. Kat continues into the academy only to find out that Sammy died, giving a huge shock to everyone. She chooses to do her first year exams at the end of year, and passes into second year with a 70%. She stays with Tara over the summer break at the farm.

Season 3


Dance Academy: The Movie

Kat is first seen on a poster that is attached to the back of a taxi advertising the TV show that she is starring in. She is then seen on the phone with Tara after her failed National Ballet audition. Kat tells Tara to come to New York to see what opportunities are there for her. Tara comes to New York and goes to the studio where Kat is shooting her TV show and the two share an excited reunion hug. Kat and Tara then go out and about in New York and eventually end of back in Kat's hotel room where they talk until it is time for Tara's audition at the American Ballet Company. Kat is seen a few times in passing as Tara continues to go to auditons. Occasionally she and Tara go out to a night club. Kat and Tara are a the night club on night when Kat tells her they will go off and have fun in order to make Tara feel better. Kat then comes back and tells Tara she has to make a quick appearance at a party for a big director. Kat asks Tara no to hate her for having to bail and Kat's costar Xavier says "why would she hate you? She's getting free food, free place to stay, and free plane tickets.". This prompts Tara to tell Kat that she will pay her back and Kat tries to insist that she isn't worried about the money but that Tara is not making any progress in New York. Tara then tells Kat that Kat never has to worry about anything because she is already living her dream. The two then continue to argue and eventually Tara walks off in the dark streets of New York. Kat is not seen again until Olly calls Tara to tell her that a nude photo of Kat has been leaked online. Tara tries to call Kat but she is seen ignoring that calls as she cries in bed watching the news story about her photo leak. Kat is then seen at the hospital after Ben is admitted. She sees Tara and the two share a tearful embrace. After this Kat is seen again surrounding Ben along with Abigail, Tara, Christian, Olly, and Mrs. Raine. Kat tells them that she wishes she could blame the photo leak on Xavier but that she did it intentionally to seem edgy for a movie role that she did not land. She also tells her friends that her TV show has been put completely on hold because the network was not happy with the leak. She and Ben later char in his hospital bed while they wait to watch Tara's piece and the NYBG. The two share flirtacious remarks and seem as though they may be attracted to one another. Kat is seen for the last time back in Sydney where she is picked up and kissed by Ben, confirming that the pair are dating.


Tara Webster

Kat first met Tara when she asked her for directions to the Girl's changing rooms. As a joke, Kat gave her the wrong directions, leading her to the Boy's instead. But when Tara was caught for breaking curfew, Kat covered for her leading to a lasting friendship. But Tara had fallen for Kat's brother, Ethan, and Kat told her that he will break her heart. But she went out with him anyway. Kat was fine with that, (just a little 'vomit inducing') but when Tara broke Ethan's heart by cheating on him with Christian, Kat wasn't so OK with that. Things were a bit rocky until their camp when Petra took away their clothes while they were having a shower and they were forced to work together. Kat then told Tara that she needed her, even if she didn't need Kat. They had a steady friendship until the end of the year.

Tara and Kat go swimming

At the start of the next year, Tara and Kat were still best friends. They were until Christian started to develop feelings for Kat and flirting with her. Tara heard one of these moments over a walkie talkie. Tara was angry and Kat said that nothing was going to happen, and Tara said, "But you want it to". Tara was still annoyed with Kat and Christian for a few episodes, but then Tara realized that she was over Christian, and she missed Kat. She organised for Kat to come with the second year's on their excursion to the circus. Tara said for Grace and Kat to go on the trapeze together to become friends. This didn't work out, leaving Kat accusing Tara for trying to make her embarrassed for revenge. Tara and Kat went on the trapeze next. Tara was obviously nervous, and Kat saw this and she said, "I've got you!" and Tara said, "I know!" And they caught each other, leaving them the only couple to do so. When they landed, they gave each other a big hug, and Grace clapping reluctantly. When Kat broke up with Christian, Tara wanted her to talk about it with her but Kat said it was boring, because she knew that Christian had to tell Tara himself. Kat decides to stay with Tara over the summer break.

(See Tara)

Sammy Lieberman

Sammy and Kat started the season as very close friends. Throughout the first season the two were often insperable and on occasion seemed closer than Kat/Tara or Sammy/Tara. Sammy and Kat were in the same room at first, but then Sammy moved in with Christian. Sammy and Kat have a very stable relationship, and no dramas occured in the first year. They along with Tara were a trio of best friends.

Kat and Sammy make a video together

Kat also helped Sammy when his feelings for Christian confused him, she supported him and helped him sort through what they meant. Kat was very supportive of Sammy when he became a representive of Australia in the Prix de Fonteyn. She highly supported Sammy when he opened up about his relationship with Ollie Lloyd, jumping up and down screaming "Yay!" and also stating that "he is gorgeous". She was absolutely devastated when Sammy died. She told about how the students were his family too, not just his friends.

(See Sammy)

Christian Reed

Christian and Kat were friends in first year, not really close but close enough. Kat has a crush on Christian, though, but she didn't show it much. In second year, Christian told Kat that he liked her, and they kissed. Kat knew it was wrong, and said that it wouldn't work (Tara and Christian were broken up). That didn't stop Christian


from flirting with her. Tara heard over a walkie talkie that Christian and Kat kissed, and she was angry. Christian and Kat eventually became a couple, and Tara gave her blessing to their relationship. Then Kat realized that Christian was still in love with Tara, and ended their relationship. He was shocked because he hadn't realized that he still loved Tara. Zach noticed in class that they weren't working well together, and told them to sort it out. Christian said that he doesn't care that Tara is with Ben, and Kat said, "just admit, you're in love with someone who doesn't love you back." Christian finally realized that she was right, and went to tell Tara that he still loved her. but Sammy's death postponed and complicated the matters.

(See Christian)

Ethan Karamakov

Ethan is Kat's half-brother. They get along really well, though in the first series Kat wasn't impressed with how he was treating his ex/girlfriends. Particularly his girlfriend Isabelle. She is unhappy when Tara and Christian are going out, but when Ethan goes to move she tries to give him a reason to stay; Tara. In the second season after the death of Sammy Lieberaman Ethan become very caring towards Kat and would call her very often, though Kat would go on to tell Ethan she was fine when on the phone Ethan could tell that she was not and dropped everything to come back and take care of Kat. Ethan and Kat made plans to spend the summer together in Barcelona however he would later go on to spend the summer with Abigail while Kat went on to spend the summer with Tara

(See Ethan)

Abigail Armstrong

When they were kids Abigail and Kat were best friends. They did everything together, they thought they would be friends forever, but when they were 11, when Abigail wanted to foucus on ballet, Kat thought she didn't want to be friends anymore so she ended their friendship leaving Abigail heartbroken.

Kat and Abigail have a strange love-hate relationship. In First Year, Kat didn't like Abigail very much because she was best friends with Tara and Abigail kept picking on Tara. At the end of First year when Kat finds out that Ethan is moving she bakes a lot of cupcakes (her way of expressing sadness). Abigail talks to her and tells her that she needs to find something for Ethan that is worth staying for. She gives her a hint by pulling out a leotard and saying, "Tara. Is always sneaking her stuff in my basket. Can that girl seriously not afford her own washing powder?" To which Kat smiles and walks away.


In second year Kat moves in with Abigail after Abigail shows a slight sign of friendship by patting her on the arm and standing up for her in front of the first years. Kat asks if they are becoming friends and Abigail replies, "I really hope not." When Sammy died Abigail clung to Kat, crying her eyes out and heartbroken. Now they're friends again.

(See Abigail)

Grace Whitney

Kat and Grace never really liked each other. Kat just let Grace tag along after her and Tara because she knew that Grace had been there for Tara when she had her back broken. Grace accepts Kat, but she wishes that Tara was still hers. When Tara tells Kat that Grace has left the academy, Kat gives her friend a sympathetic hug; but is probably happy.

(See Grace)

Ben Tickle

Ben had a crush on Kat, but Kat didn't have a crush on Ben. Ben tried to do things to make Kat like him, but it wasn't working. Kat described him as a puppy, and when the puppy gets too annoying, you have to gently push the puppy away.

When Kat is auditioning for various dance opportunities, Ben becomes her "manager". Ben tags along at cheerleading tryouts and tryouts for the Moulin Rouge. They become better friends during this time.

Then Kat started going out with Christian and Ben gave up and moved on. Kat and Ben are now good friends.

In Dance Academy: The Movie, the two are seen kissing at the end of the film once everyone is back in Sydney, confirming that they have started a relationship.

(See Ben)

Natasha Willis

Kat doesn't get along with her mother. Natasha is very self absorbed and has always put her needs before Kat's. In fact, Kat's rebellious nature may be a way to get her mother's attention. Natasha is not proud that some of the things Kat does. Kat's hate for ballet stems from their bad relationship.

In season 2, Natasha makes an effort to have a normal family, as a way to make amends for the way she had treated Kat in the past, but when Natasha gets an offer to go to Berlin, Kat convinces her to take it, because she knows her mother loves to dance too much to give it up. It would not be fair to her mother.

(See Natasha)


  • She used to be best friends with Abigail Armstrong, until Abigail became a 'betty bunhead'.
  • Her mother is Natasha Willis, Tara and Abigail's former role model.
  • She kissed Christian a few days after Tara and Chistian broke up.
  • She and Sammy shared a room when he first came.
  • Tara and Kat jumped into the harbour by dare, in their bras and underwear at night.
  • During their 1st week Kat was ranked number 2 in ballet, and number 1 in Hip Hop.
  • Has not lead a hip-hop class before.
  • She has a butterfly tattoo on her back.
  • She got a tongue piercing in Season 2 however she later removed it.
  • She performed a rare style of dance called 'Steampunk' at showcase.
  • Bakes cupcakes when she is upset.
  • She suffered from bulimia in Season 3
  • She is a very good actress 
  • She is a terrible singer
  • She tried stalking the man who killed Sammy in Season 3


  • "Where did you get that, Mummies for Dummies?"
  • "How can you leave these arms so tragicly empty?"
  • "I need to go eat my feelings."
  • "I prefer to express it in cupcakes."
  • "Just admit you're in love with someone who doesn't love you back."
  • "Don't go dumping your toxic waste on me."
  • "My legs feel weird without it."
  • "Well, thank you for telling me I’m hopeless."
  • "See, that’s where you’re wrong. I had every opportunity known to ballet-bot kind and I still never deserved to be here."
  • "Have you heard? I am golden child!"
  • "It's character building."
  • "Teen snatchers; They're the fun police!"
  • "I like a girl who’s got her priorities straight."
  • "I won’t flake out on you again Scout!"
  • "You saw that picture; all they do is squash you down until everything that you love about dance is gone."
  • "It's never about me. It's always about her." (to Tara about her mother)
  • "T, I swear I told him nothing was every going to happen between us." (to Tara about Christian)
  • "Please Tara, don't dance. You being okay is so much more important than all this." - Tara: "You say that, but it feels like you've been the one stabbing me in the back."
  • "You're jealous. You're miserable in the Company, completely out of your depth and for the first time ever, I'm not just the funny sidekick. I'm fit. I don't have back issues. I don't have any issues, and you can't stand that." (to Tara when she is confronted about her bullimia)
  • "I worked hard on Marcus's assignment, but I didn't end up using Nick as the subject. Instead I chose a stranger. Someone I'm only starting to figure out. Someone I'm a little scared of. Me."


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