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Kathryn Sullivan danced professionally with the Boston Ballet, Les Grands Ballet Canadians, and Les Ballet de Nancy. She has taught at the LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts, New Jersey Ballet, Interlochen Music and Dance Camp, and for Professional Dance Teachers Association and Dance Masters of America. For eight years she worked for the New York City Ballet's Education Department, designing and presenting ballet workshops in public schools.
She currently teaches at STEPS on Broadway and is on the faculty at New York University and Barnard College. She also teaches master classes and judges for several dance teachers' associations, including Dance Master of America. Her choreography has been presented at Joyce Soho, Dumbo Arts Festival, New Choreographers on Pointe, STEPS Beyond Showcases, Barnard's Miller Theater, Raw Space Theater, 92nd St. Y and Cunningham Studio.
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photos: by Ellen Crane or *Julie Lemberger
April 2005 - commission for Barnard College Dance Dept. Ballet Scenes
May 2005 - STEPS Faculty Show, Ballet Scenes, music Bruce Lazarus
April. 2004 - Vertigo, STEPS Faculty Show, with music by Paul Schoenfield
Nov. 2003 - STEPS Dancers Over 40, excerpts from, Yidel mitn Fiedel
August 2003 - Femme Debout, STEPS Experimental Lab
April 2003 - Home Shopping, STEPS Experimental Lab.
Jan. 2003 - Friday's at Noon, 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance, Blind Blake Blues, Home Shopping.
June 22 & 23, 2002 - Blind Blake Blues, Broadway Dance Center.
April 26-28, 2002 - Created new work Fleeting Moments for Steps Faculty Show.
Mar. 2002 - At Home - Dancers Over 40 presentation at Doris Duke Studio on 42nd Street.
Mar. 2002 - At Home - "On the 6th Floor" Ballet Arts Showcase.
Oct. 2001 - Steps Beyond Showcase - created a new ballet piece Carnevalle for STEPS scholarship students.
Dec. 2001 - St. Marks Church - Carnevalle - as part as Dancers Responding to Aids Benefit.
Sullivan's “Illusion" (was) the most powerful work on the program... Sullivan's
evidence of light: “Ms. Sullivan's Femme Debout (Woman Standing) was a brief but vivid solo in which Rachel Grisi struggled to stand tall and reach high. And Ms. Sullivan sent dancers happily cavorting in her Yidel Mitn Fiedel and other favorites.” — Jack Anderson, The New York Times
The best ballets are often those in which the
choreographer and the performers are steeped in the technique and conventions
of the dance form but then seemingly abandon them. That held true in To
The Pointe, a program of six new and recent ballets presented
the Church of the Holy Trinity.
Carol Knopf's joy in performing
was infectious in Kathryn Sullivan's Tango Studies
II, whose cast also included Dianne Duffey and Janet White.
Kathryn Sullivan has conceived provocative intentions with her Tango Studies II. The dramatic contortions of a tango were performed by Carol Knopt. Dianne Duffey and Janet White soon joined Knopt in aspects of traditional Spanish dance, and the three concluded with some spoofing of the form by utilizing fans and shawls. As one of my cousins would say, Good show. Jennie Schulman, Dance Diary, Backstage
Blind Blake Blues by Kathryn Sullivan
is whimsical and sweet. Three women in identical skirt suits and platinum
blond wigs begins the dance, wielding suitcases. As the piece progresses
we see that these identical women are by no means the same beneath their
shiny facades. Utilizing some amusingly quick footwork to upbeat blues
music, the piece picks up the pace of the program.