Chair of Dance, Professor of Dance
BA from 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.