Professor of Dance and Chair, Dance Department
B.A., Marymount Manhattan College, Valedictorian 1990
Katie Langan (Artistic Director/Chair of Dance) teaches advanced levels of Ballet and Pointe, is a frequent choreographer for the Department’s fall concert series, and is the Artistic Director of the Dance Department’s semi-annual performance series. Under Ms. Langan’s tenure, this performance series has grown from an in-studio presentation of works by faculty and student choreographers to a major dance event featuring new and restaged works by America’s most noted choreographers.
In addition to her work at Marymount, Ms. Langan taught company class for The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for over three years and after several years continues to teach advanced levels for the Ailey School summer program. She has also taught for Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, NYCDA, Dance Space, NYU Tisch, and Ballet Maestro along with Master Classes for the Connecticut Performing Arts Center and others. Lectures for Broadway Dance Center’s Teacher Conference have included How to Teach a Good Barre, Why Go to College, How to Teach Fondus and To the Pointe. Ms. Langan has also written several articles for Dancer Magazine including the cover stories, From Studio, To College, To Stage: The Importance of Modern Dance Training in March 2008 and The Spectrum of Contemporary Ballet – Giving Your Students a Leg Up in August of the same year.
Ms. Langan received her dance training at the North Carolina School of the Arts, American Ballet Theatre and the School of American Ballet. Before coming to Marymount, Ms. Langan performed with numerous companies including the Boston Repertory Company, New York City Opera, William Carter Dance Ensemble, the Zurich Ballet, Chamber Ballet USA, New Jersey Ballet and Twyla Tharp. She had the opportunity to work directly with Rudolf Nureyev, Natalia Makarova, Anthony Tudor, Billy Forsythe, Rudi van Dan Zieg, Gelsey Kirkland, Eleanor D’Antuano and Brian McDonald to name a few. After retiring from performance, Ms. Langan studied art and design at MMC and received her B.A., summa cum laude, in 1990 when she graduated as class valedictorian. With over twenty ballets created, her 1995 ballet, Akhmatova, was asked to be a part of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts video archive in the Jerome Robbins Dance Division.
Ms. Langan currently serves on the Board of Directors of Parsons Dance, as a judge for DRA’s Dancin’ Downtown at The Joyce and recently served on the Princess Grace Foundation—USA 2010 Dance and Choreography Panel. She is certified in the ABT National Training Curriculum® through Level 5.
Achievements in Scholarship and Service
Artistic Director. Curated and produced five choreographers’ work for the spring concert: Erick Hawkins (staged by Katherine Duke), Robert Battle, Lar Lubovitch, Benoit Swan Pouffer, and Kate Weare. Theresa Lang Theatre, NY, NY. April 29-30 and May 1, 6-8.
Rehearsal Assistant for Lar Lubovitch and Benoit Swan Pouffer. Theresa Lang Theatre, NY, NY. April 29-30 and May 1, 6-8.
Other Professional Activities
Board Member. Parsons Dance Company.
Honorary Board Member. Buglisi Dance Theater.
Certified Teacher. American Ballet Theatre’s National Training Curriculum Primary Level through Level 3. February 2010.
Judge. “Dancin’ Downtown at the Joyce Theater.” A Performance & Choreography Competition Benefiting Dancers Responding to AIDS (DRA). The Joyce Theater. May 17, 2010.
Dance Panelist w/ Lar Lubovitch, Carla Peterson, and Ethan Steifel for the Princess Grace Foundation. Review approximately 65 applications for scholarship, fellowship and choreography.
Host. CORPS de Ballet International, Inc. Teacher Conference, NYC. July 7-11, 2010.
Light Through the Tipton Lens. Dancer Magazine. Dancer Publishing Co., Inc. New York, NY. December 2009 issue. Feature Story.
Hip Hop Gold. Dancer Magazine. Dancer Publishing Co., Inc. New York, NY. November 2009 issue. Feature Story.
Where Are All the Jazz Companies? Dancer Magazine. Dancer Publishing Co., Inc. New York, NY. October 2009 issue. Feature Story.
Who Says You're Too Old to Kick. Dancer Magazine. Dancer Publishing Co., Inc. New York, NY. October 2009 issue. Feature Story.
Setting the Stage. Dancer Magazine. Dancer Publishing Co., Inc. New York, NY. August 2009 issue. Feature Story.
Member, Search Committee for tenure track position in Dance.
Member, Academic Standards Committee.
Member, Strategic Planning Committee Review Board.
Faculty Advisor, Dance Department Student Club of Representatives.
2008-2009 Achievements in Scholarships and Service
2009-2010 Achievements in Scholarships and Service