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

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trouble in pennsylvania

 

Dancers around the country are shocked at big news in Pennsylvania. Highly renowned ballet company Pennsylvania Ballet will lose 17 of its 43 dancers by the start of next season, marking one of the biggest changes in the company’s 53 years.

 

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Pennsylvania Ballet dancers in George Balanchine’s Serenade.

Several weeks ago, Pennsylvania Ballet’s Artistic Director Ángel Corella announced that he will be letting go of 12 dancers from the current company by choosing not to renew their annual contract for the 2016-2017 season. Additionally, 7 dancers decided to leave the company, either for retirement or to find jobs elsewhere. However, it is far more complicated than simply old age or wanting to find new work.

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