inspiration: kathryn morgan

Hey everyone! Today I wanted to share Kathryn Morgan, former NYCB soloist, and her journey though the world of ballet.

Kathryn grew up in Mobile, Alabama and started dancing at a local studio from a young age. After attending the summer course at the School of American Ballet, she enrolled as a full time student for the winter course. When Kathryn joined the New York City Ballet in 2006 as an apprentice, she immediately started to receive attention. She was quickly given a permanent contract in the corps de ballet and was promoted soloist three years after joining the company. Kathryn has performed many lead roles including Dew Drop and Sugar Plum (Nutcracker), Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), and Juliet (Romeo and Juliet), which she performed in place of an injured principal dancer only several months into her career with NYCB.

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Kathryn performing in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker as Dew Drop with New York City Ballet

In 2010, Kathryn was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and had to leave the professional dance world in order to recover. During her hiatus, the former NYCB dancer created a YouTube Channel to inform young dancers about the hectic world of ballet and her experiences as a professional. Her views rapidly grew as she brought her viewers along on her journey to return to the stage.

In addition to running her social media and taking daily class, Kathryn teaches technique and strength classes around the country and online. She has also guested with several dance companies and been involved in multiple film projects. In March, 2016, “Bloch’s Evening with Kathryn Morgan” premiered at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.. Kathryn performed pieces form multiple ballets as well as original works from up-and-coming choreographers.

Kathryn is an amazing inspiration for any dancer – whether they be preprofessional or adult beginner! She has also started an online Facebook group: Kathryn Morgan’s Ballet Community. I have been a member of this group since its start in January 2016 and it provides some much needed inspiration to my Facebook feed!

Be sure to check out Kathryn’s website which has links to all of her other social media sites!

Libby 💁

 

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