Kathryn Morgan is a modern-day ballerina, blazing a career path for herself outside of the confines of company life. In addition to being a popular performer, teacher, judge, and influencer, Kathryn is the founder of Kathryn Morgan and Friends, a community focused on the joy that ballet can bring to dancers when they are valued for who they are above their level of proficiency.
Kathryn began her professional career in 2006 as an apprentice with New York City Ballet and was promoted to soloist in 2009. She left the company in 2012 while battling an auto-immune illness and made an awe-inspiring return to the stage seven years later as a soloist with Miami City Ballet. She danced with Miami City Ballet for a year before making a decision to step away from company life in 2020 to pursue dancing on her own terms.
As a performer, Kathryn is known for her feminine, artistic quality and musicality; some of her more notable performances include Aurora in Peter Martins’ Sleeping Beauty, Juliet in Peter Martins’ Romeo & Juliet, and the Striptease Girl in George Balanchine’s Slaughter on Tenth Avenue. She has created a large platform for herself on YouTube as well as her latest endeavor, Kathryn Morgan and Friends. She is the recipient of the 2006 Mae L. Wien Award, 2006 Movado Future Legends Award, and the 2009 Janice Levin Award.
Photography: Katie Ging