Katharine Cowan was born in the south of China before moving to the U.S. as a child where she grew up in Olympia, Washington. She began formal dance training at the age of 3 at Studio West Dance Academy where she studied under Director Stephanie Wood. During her years in training, she attended summer programs at Boston Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Austin Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, and Alonzo King LINES. Under the direction of Stephanie Wood, she had the opportunity to dance in roles such as Sugar Plum, Cinderella, and Giselle as well as new works choreographed by Laura and Jerome Tisserand, Dawn Fay, and Joseph Jeffries. After high school, she continued her training under Raymond Rodriguez at the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago where she completed their trainee program. While at Joffrey, she was chosen to perform in the Winning Works Program; performing new works by choreographers such as Claudia Schreier, Edgar Zendejas, Brendan Fernandes, and Marissa Osato. Now a resident of the great city of Cleveland, she joined Cleveland Ballet in 2019.