About

Welcome to my Blog!

My name is Kathryn Morgan, and I am a former ballerina with the New York City Ballet. When I was a young student, I was always looking for insights into the ballet world and how to improve my dancing as well as beauty and lifestyle tips. Now that I am a professional, it is my turn to share.

On my blog, I create ballet, beauty, and lifestyle videos and posts for everyone of all ages. My goal is help dancers improve and achieve their dreams as well as open up the ballet world to non dancers. You will see many different kinds of how-to posts here including makeup, hair, ballet workouts and exercises, Q and A sessions, lifestyle advice, and DIY on this channel. I hope you find all of my posts helpful!

I upload new videos every Tuesday and Friday on my YouTube channel.  Other posts will appear here periodically. Let me know if you have any post or video requests!

Bio


Kathryn Morgan began studying ballet at age three at Mobile Ballet in her hometown of Mobile, Alabama. She attended the summer program at the School of American Ballet in 2004 and enrolled as a full time student that fall. Kathryn joined New York City Ballet as an apprentice in June of 2006 and became a member of the corps de ballet of the Company in February of 2007.
In October 2009, Kathryn was promoted to soloist.

Photo by Paul Kolnik

AWARDS

2006 Mae L. Wien Award

2006 Movado Future Legends Award

2009 Janice Levin Award

Photo by Paul Kolnik

FEATURED ROLES AT NEW YORK CITY BALLET

George Balanchine

Ballo della Regina
Coppelia (Waltz)
Divertimento No. 15
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker (TM) (Marzipan, Dewdrop, Sugar Plum Fairy)
Scotch Symphony
Stars and Stripes
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2
La Valse
Western Symphony

August Bournonville

Flower Festival in Genzano (Pas de Deux)

Peter Martins

Mirage
Romeo + Juliet (Juliet)
The Sleeping Beauty (Aurora, Emerald)
Stabat Mater
Swan Lake (Pas de Trois, Pas de Quatre)

Jerome Robbins

2 & 3 Part Inventions
Dances at a Gathering
The Four Seasons (Winter)
Les Noces
West Side Story Suite (Maria)

Sean Lavery

Romeo and Juliet

Christopher Wheeldon

Carousel (A Dance)
Mercurial Manoeuvres

Benjamin Millepied

Why Am I Not Where You Are

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  1. Hi Kathryn!! I just wanted to let you know that I love your blog! I know you must be extremely busy with Nutcracker nuttiness, but I wanted to know if you could write a post about how to properly fuel your body for dance, while staying fit and trim. You are the only professional dancer I feel comfortable asking. It’s nice to have a role model that is just as interested in their fans. You are such an inspiration! I can’t wait to see you perform again when you come back to NYC! Thank you!!!

      • Adore these images! You have an anziamg eye. Love Holualoa! We honeymooned at the Inn. Your hubby and Annie sang in our wedding bless you guys!!

    • If Veronica looks familiar, it’s beuacse a little over three months ago I was featuring her one month portraits here on my site.a0 For this session, we wanted to get some portraits that her parents could use for

    • Hi Kathryn! My ballet teacher says that my lower back is extremely flexible but I have trouble with flexibility in my upper back. Do you think you could make a video on how to get flexible in your upper back/shoulders? Thank you so much! ♥

  2. Hi Kathryn!! I love your blog(: I enjoy your posts on Facebook too! I’m a 16yr old ballet dancer at UNCSA and I have an audition question. Many girls at my school drop like 15lbs each year before auditions and swear that this is the only way to get into the summer programs they want. Honestly, the whole school has gone kind of overboard with body image in my opinion. My question for you is this: Do you think losing 10-20lbs can make a difference in an average sized ballerina for summer program auditions? I truly look up to you so much and that’s why I brought this question to you. I totally agree with Page B’s posts about you being a great role model. Thanks SO much for everything you do, you are really an amazing person (not to mention phenomenal dancer!!)

    • Hi Lisa! No I don’t- I think girls that young dropping that much weight is ridiculous. Summer programs do not take you just because you are skinny. Actually, I know for certain that SAB will not let you take class if you are too thin in the summer. I have seen it happen numerous times. They would rather you dance well. I think technique and passion for dance is MUCH more important!

      • What a fun film! My husband and I love doing stop miootn too, and it’s something I definitely want to do more of thanks for sharing your beautiful video with us!

  3. Hi, I am not very flexible, especially when it comes to splits. What are some tips and stretches that will help me? Also is there any medicine or herbal supplement that could help me make becoming flexible easier and less painful? Thanks :)

  4. Hi Kathryn!

    I’ve been following you on this blog for sometime and I just think you’re so amazing. You’re so lovely and sweet, and so many people feel comfortable asking you questions! I’m from Malaysia, and I want to audition for SAB after I graduate high school in 2015. (I am graduating at the age of 15) what are some of the requirements? Like do I have to lose weight, how high my legs should be in develloppes/arabesques and stuff. I’d love to know so that I can train like a mad person while I’m here! Thanks so much.

    • First of all, thank you so much! Your comment meant so much to me! SAB basically wants hard working dancers, nice bodies (not too skinny) and good basic technique. They will mold your dancing once you get there, so make sure you are just really strong, mainly in your legs. They do not care how high your extensions are. Basically it is a willingness to learn as well and just good basic technique. If you have any other questions, PLEASE let me know! xo

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  6. Hello, I was wondering if you could create a video or a blog post on Thyroid Disorder. Myself and the rest of my family believe my weight gain and other health issues are related to hypothyroidism and I’m quite of scared about how this might have a result in my future as a dancer. I know I’m still young and medication will help but the psychological effect on myself esteem might do some damage, also i believe that hearing some type of suggestions or experiences on your medical journey to get fit and healthy would not just benefit myself but others who are on the same boat as yourself.
    Thank you :) xx
    Sydney Australia.
    -Michelle

  7. I love your website! You are doing amazing work to help upcoming dancers! I was wondering what type of street shoes you wear to help protect your feet. Just an idea for a video later since you mentioned it in another video. Thanks!

  8. Hi Kathyn

    I rarely comment on the internet but I strongly wanted to tell you that I listened to your Balancing Pointe podcast last night and it really moved me. I am sending you the best of wishes all the way from Ireland for a bright and successful next chapter.

  9. Hello! First off, your blog videos have a great find! I really appreciate all of the tips and advice. I was wondering if you could do a video specifically dedicated to fouettes; they are kind of my nemesis. Thank you so much!

    -Angelina Lombardo

  10. Hi Kathryn!

    I’m 13 and I’ve only recently started up at ballet again. Do you have any tips as to how I can balance lots of school work with dance? You are so amazing and I love all of your videos!

  11. Hi Kathryn,

    I am currently a modern dancer w/ ballet background, and completely obsessed with ballet. I have a question regarding with traveling. I was accepted to go to china for a week and half, and I have no idea what is the best way to pack, even though I do not have to worry about pointe shoes. Can you share some tips. Oh, I know you do not work with NYCB, but I was wondering if you know why they never come to Illinois to perform. I want to see them so badly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Thanks for all the effort and time you put in your video and your blog,as a ballet student I really appreciate what you do. 🌟🌟❤️

  13. Hi Kathryn! My daughter and I recently found your blog and we are so happy we did. My daughter is 10 and has always had a love for the arts. She was strong into acting and has now found a strong passion in dance. We had some questions on practicing throughout her homeschool day as well as nutrition. Are you able to answer these and have you thought about offering small classes in some of these topics?

  14. Hi Kathryn, I joined your blog when lookong for makeup tips for my ballerina daughter and am now hooked on your warm up/stretch videos. Thank u so much. I think it is absolutely a crwdit to you that u have turned the negative of your illness into a positive for so many people. Your videos r fantastic. I am 48 years old and still dance. I have always struggled with flexibility and now have a back injury. Your videos r helping me loosen up my tight hips. Of course, for me, age is a factor but i love following your tips and especially love the tennis ball and golf ball for my feet!!! I hope u realize how wonderful u r and how much u r helping other people of all different shapes, sizes, ages, and abilities around the world. THANK YOU xxx

  15. Hi Kathryn!
    First I would like to say how much I love your posts and YouTube channel. I also have been enjoying your Powhow classes! I love your makeup tutorials and wanted to get a make-up look suggestion from you. I am attending a Mardi Gras ball soon and would like to know what you think would compliment a red ball gown that would suit the occasion. Just curious as to what you think! Thanks again for all your advice and videos. Also I wish you all the best in your ballet future! :)
    Jennifer

  16. I’ve got a question. I’m 15 and studying to he a proffesional some day i hope. How come my arabesque is 90° on one side and less than 90° on the other. Does this play into how my body is built? Because I have a butt. Does that mean I won’t be able to get my arabesque and ponche higher?

  17. Hi Kathryn,
    I just want to thank you so much for helping me to get back in touch with ballet. I am 38 years old, happily married with two babies but a huge void having stopped dancing. Years ago my thyroid crashed and with it my dancing. Though I was never a professional ballerina it was everything to me for many years. Since then I took a class here and there and then not at all. Marriage, two babies and many years (and pounds later) I have been too intimidated to go to class. Mostly because of my weight. Finding you, your story and your YouTube classes has brought ballet back into my life and I cannot express my gratitude to you for this. You are beautiful and an inspiration. I plan to get back to a weekly class soon despite being heavy in general and certainly for a ballerina but in the meantime I will continue taking class on YouTube from you and I am so thankful. Just wanted you to know.

  18. Thank you for your generosity in sharing your wisdom! My daughter and I have a deep passion for ballet and even I started classes Five months ago , Being a beginner very beginner but seeing you doing such beautiful movements put me in the right way. I Will keep going
    Thank you again
    I also have problems with my heath as you have. I have a Hashimoto hypothiroidms
    I send you this from Spain! Thanks internet the world is more small

  19. Dear Kathryn, I followed your career at NYCB closely and was so disappointed when you left, You are the most interesting dancer since Suzanne Farrell and I honestly believe you are capable of any achievement in ballet. I saw most of your principal performances – Juliet, Flower Festival, carousel, Aurora (twice!). Any company should jump at the chance to have you as a member. Good luck and God bless you. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers and continue to follow your progress. You have approached your situation with so much grace I know many good things are in store for you.

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