Dancing Christopher Wheeldon's Carousel #OnceUponaPointe | Kathryn Morgan

Dancing Christopher Wheeldon's Carousel #OnceUponaPointe | Kathryn Morgan

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Today. We are going to be talking about my experience. Dancing Christopher. Wheeldon carousel, I'm gonna tell you the story of how I got cast the rehearsal, process the, performance, and more, so welcome to another episode of, Once Upon a point. Hi. Everybody today's, once upon a point takes, place right after the how, I was cast as Juliet, 1 so if you haven't seen that story I will link it in a card for you guys but before we get to the story I want, to just say to you guys next, week I'm gonna be starting back with the ballet and the technique, videos, so, if there's a bar you want if there's a class you want if there's a step you're having trouble with leave. Me a comment in the box below so I can start filming those and we will get back to the ballet videos, next, week so that's really exciting so like I said this, particular story, takes, place right after dancing. My very first Juliet, with, New York City Ballet in Saratoga, if you go back and remember, that story we were rehearsing in, Saratoga. And I was gonna perform this role because Yvonne beret got injured, during. One of their rehearsals, I happen to look out into the audience and, see Christopher. Wheeldon just, sitting there watching, he. Was kind of just sitting there looking. He stayed for maybe a half hour and then left I didn't, really think anything of it at the time but. As you'll see it had genuine, significance. So, I danced, the role of Juliet all was great everybody, said it was beautiful I was very proud of myself it was a really big deal for an apprentice, to dance that, role so we went on break for. The summer as you do, I think we had five weeks, off at that point scheduling, is a little bit different now but I think we had five weeks off I went, home to Mobile, Alabama where, I'm from so we came back for. The. Fall season, and at. That point we weren't doing a fall season we were going to be touring to, Chicago, and, it was my first tour with a company I didn't know what to expect we, rehearse I think maybe two weeks because it typically, when you go on tour at least with New York City Ballet you. Do ballets that you do a lot symphony, and see symphony, and three movements Seren odd all these bellies that you do a lot so they don't have to be rehearsed for that long, which everybody knows them it's not some brand new thing that you have to spend five weeks doing, you pretty much get them all on and ready in two weeks so we I. Can't, even remember what we did I know I did the four temperaments there I know I did Sara nod there and we. Were Hurst for a couple weeks we went to Chicago it, was my first tour which was nice because it was not out of the country we'll get to those in future episodes but. It was in the country everybody, spoke English you know I mean we were only there a week it, was a perfect, first, tour, and, I, didn't have any principal roles so it was really easy for me and the. Last day of our Chicago tour. The. Rehearsal, schedule went, up for. The following, week back in New York because we were going to be rehearsing for. The, gala and for the winter season and. The. Gala program, I don't know if it had been announced yet, typically. Again this it's a little bit different now but New York City Ballet opens. Their season, at that, point with, a gala I think, it was like November. Gala and then we started Nutcracker I think, okay, this has been well but I know we were doing some sort of opening. Week gala in, November. That had nothing whatsoever to do in the cracker and the. Program came out and it was going to be carousel. Well. / - not. Symphony.

And Three movements symphony. And see all these kind of big ballets, we're gonna be on this program it was a truly massive, gala, evening that opens the whole year so. I'm thinking great I'll get to do Symphony and see you know it'll be a good experience - the last day we're in Chicago. The. Rehearsal sheet comes. Out and it the way it works at New York City Ballet I don't know if it's how it still works to be honest but, typically, you'll figure out casting. On the rehearsal, sheet before, you'll, see it actually posted, because casting, only comes out two weeks before, the actual performance and this, was a good month, month and a half before, so. You kind, of can get a sense of casting, on the rehearsal, sheet it's, not posted, until two weeks before which makes it very difficult for ticket, buyers by the way if you want to see a certain caste of Nutcracker you got to wait till two weeks before the show to figure out who's. Doing what when so. On the rehearsal, sheet, it said. Carousel. Hilton. Peck, Morgan sterling, Hilton Tyler Peck and myself and then. Andrew. Viet Seth, orsa and. Somebody. Else I can't for the life of me remember who it was so. It was a three of us and like. Andy Steph and it might have been amar but somebody like Lamar who was you know a big-time dancer and I, looked at that and I was like oh my. Goodness. But. Reading the rehearsal, sheet it doesn't say potted, a couple it just says carousel, a hill. Team Peck Morgan, Fayette. Or as a ramus or it doesn't say oh what, exactly you're gonna be doing so they leave you guessing for, the week so, I had this mulling, over in my head and in, Christopher. Wheeldon his carousel, there's a principal couple and two Demi couples, and a core and from. Reading it not. Knowing how the system, worked I thought oh starlings, gonna do the lead and Tyler. And I are gonna be the Demi couples because that would make sense I think Stirling was a soloist at the time, Tyler. Was in the Corps I don't even think she was a soloist yet no. She wasn't a solo, so it made sense that, Stirling, was gonna be the principal couple we were gonna be the dummies and. I was like great this would be wonderful and with, the boys, I remember, Andy. Viet. Was a soloist, at the time he's now principal and Seth who is now principal with P and B was, only in the Corps and whatever, the third boy was I can't, for the life of me remember who was was also in the Corps so I just made sense in my head so. A week goes by I'm like mulling this over I try and you know get online to find any glimpse. Of this ballet and I can keeping in mind this was in 2006, so there was not a lot of stuff online about, ballet at. That point I tried to find like every little picture that I could we get to rehearsal, and Chris. Is there Chris, Wilden with his, rehearsal, assistant, and I think one other ballet master. I can't. Remember who it was and, he. Says all right so we're. Going to learn the. Potted oh you guys are all learning the potted up and. I was like oh my goodness and then they paired us up and they. Put, Seth. Twists. Sterling, Tyler. With the aboya can't remember who it was and me. With Andy so they put the, apprentice, with. Andy, I was still an apprentice at, this point so.

The Apprentice girl goes with the soloist, boy and I was late and even Andy at that point Andy he's such a great really, nice guy but he even was like I'm. Dancing with an apprentice do you remember back in the Juliet video Tyler, angle who was a core dancing with an apprentice I could see him looking at them like you, gotta be kidding me so, here's, this little, tiny apprentice, who. You're. Putting me with her I'm a solo so, we. Start, the rehearsal process and soon I began to realize that the, three of us learning. This pata de there's. Only one show at that point it, was gonna eventually come back in the winter, season in January in February but at this point all. Three, of us were learning this for, one show so there, was only gonna be one, cast and that is the worst feeling in the world when you know there are three of you in the room all vying, for one, spot, because, there's, only be one cast so automatically, it pits everybody against each other you know what I mean so. I, was, like well it's not gonna be me so, that kind of relaxed, me if all of us thought it was going to be sterling because she was the, highest ranked out of us there we are learning. This thing and I remember Chris the whole time, really. Paying attention to me and Andy, and I thought well that's due to Andy that's not due to me because I'm the apprentice, so. I, think a week maybe two weeks go by we've learned the whole thing we started to rehearse it we finished rehearsal, one day and, Chris. Has thank you very much Katie stay, for a minute and, I was like here. We go he's, gonna kick me out of her her soul he's gonna tell me I'm, not good enough and that I'm not doing this and he. Says um I just want you to know casting. Is gonna come out next week but you're you're gonna be doing this with Andy you and Andy are gonna be doing this and. I literally looked at him like you have got to be crazy you, are an insane, person, putting. Me against. A soloist. And a core member I'm only an apprentice, you pair me with a soul. This, is the first the first ballet, in the gala it opens, the, gala in Lincoln. Center started. The New York City Ballet season, you're gonna put a little dinky apprentice. On, with, Andrew Viet to, open, the entire gala, in a principal role and. I was just like. Okay. And he said I really want you to keep working on your feet and your turnout you have a beautiful, upper body you have the lovely stage presence, but keep focusing, you know he was giving me things to work on and, I. Just remember going home and my very first thought was, this. Is gonna go over really well with everybody else because I had already experienced. This once with, Juliet, and I got lots of snubs lots of bet you know we went through that in that video so, here we are again going to go through this again and. I'm. Like okay. I mean I was really excited obviously I was beyond. It was beyond anything I could have imagined, and I was, thrilled. Beyond relief because while Juliet, was in Saratoga, this. Was gonna be on the, New York state theatre stage, David. Age coke theatre now but to me it will always be the New York state theatre stage so I went. Home mom, was still around and, I. Was. Like mom I'm doing carousel in the gala I'm opening the gala and.

Her. Thought to she was like I'm so proud of you but, you need to be ready for the back she's, like we were ready this time we were you so. Rehearsals. Continued, on Andy I think knew, at that point we were gonna do it and. It. Was a couple. Days later, Peter. Called me into, his. Office and. I. Had. No clue why I thought maybe it was gonna be about carousel, but he said. Katie. There's this award that, they, are giving this year to five. Special. Talents. In the. World of arts called. The Movado future, legends award and he, said I'm going, to be giving, you this, award and it's a very big deal you're, gonna get one I think a Juilliard person's. Getting one somebody. Who's in, the Philharmonic. Is getting one you know it was five people who, are. Deemed, very talented. Their fields. So. It, was like double whammy and I. Mean, well it was my personality. My, very first thought is everyone, is gonna hate me not I'm, queen, of the world like I'm like great this is I'm, so incredibly grateful but everyone's gonna hate me so. And. I was just very very just. Like oh my goodness thank you so much, and, he said there's going to be a luncheon, next. Week, for. Your, award and I, was like oh my goodness okay great he, said unfortunately you're. Going to have to miss some, of your rehearsals. For. This luncheon. So I will tell the ballet masters, why. You won't be there so, in my head I'm thinking great, the casting, is gonna come out next week and I'm. Getting, the Movado future legends work I was like oh my goodness thank you so much I'm so honored, that. It was absolutely. Huge deal so next week comes around and casting, comes out and there, it is, gala, New, York City Ballet carousel. Morgan, and Fayette and. Again. All of the boys were absolutely, thrilled for me and the. Girls some. Of them by this point the principal's especially, were very kind I. Think, this one I had almost proven, myself doing Juliet and Saratoga, so this one wasn't so much of a shock but. You, know people were still not thrilled as I wouldn't have been you know I mean that's a natural human reaction, so. I just, kind of decided, to keep to myself and. Rehearsed. And not worry, too much about it so. Two. Days two or three days later it was this luncheon, and we. Get to this incredibly. Swanky. Restaurant. In the Time Warner Center called, per se if you've ever heard of it which.

Is On 59th, Street in New York and I get to this luncheon, what. I didn't realize is. That the entire, luncheon, was for me it wasn't, for the five of, us who were winning this award each of the five were getting their own luncheon, so. I walked into this thing and there are these high rollers Chelsea, Clinton is there, this. Incredibly. Famous architect. Is there Peter is they like I'm looking around going my. And my parents are with me and we felt like we were from redneckville, and, should not be mingling, with these people and, I. Said, where are the other winners and Peter was like no no this is for you this is your luncheon. And. I'll insert some photos here for you but. I won this this award. Which was so incredible. And I was. Sitting at the table with Peter, and with these, architect, people and just these famous, famous, arts. Names. And, Peter while he's presenting me the word he says and just so you know next, week you can see Katie, open our gala as an, apprentice can, carousel, and I was like oh my gosh please, stop, please, this, is I can't handle this so, he. Announced, it at the luncheon that I was going to be doing this so, I'm just thinking I have. Got to, I've. Got to kill this so, the luncheon was incredible, I remember. So, vividly the. Portions, came out because it's such like a swanky, place the, portions, were like this big you know when you get like a big, white plate and then thank you little portions so I remember so vividly vividly. From this luncheon, we, walked out and my dad is like all right I gotta get a burger let's. Go get a burger so I. Mean you know tiny, Lilly so. We go get the burger and I had missed class that day and I'd missed another rehearsal because I was also doing the core of two other ballets in the gala and. I but I was not gonna miss my carousel rehearsal, so. I had a carousel, rehearse at like 5 p.m. or something and the luncheon lasted, until 3:00, or something so. I knew, I had carousels so I went early and warmed myself up because I had missed class for. This luncheon and I walk in and there a lot of people in the hallway and everything, and they're like oh where were you because I was that kid that never missed class and apprentices. Are not allowed to miss class anyway you have, to take company classes and apprentice so. Where, were you where were you and I knew that I had just done Juliet the casting had just come out that I was gonna open this gala I was, an apprentice I already had so many haters, that. I was like you know what I'm. Completely. I can't handle this so you know what I said I had, a migraine I lied. And I told people that I had a migraine instead. Of going. To this luncheon, and getting the Movado future legends award because. I just it, was the pressure and the the. Backlash. From people, was so great that I one, more thing on top of that was, just gonna be the you know the last straw, so. I said, instead of saying actually, I was winning the Movado future legends award at my own lunch in downtown I. Said. I had a migraine, and. Meanwhile, Andy, is standing. Amidst. This, crowd and we're about to go into carousel, rehearsal so he walked into rehearsal he goes all right where. Were you really like. He knew like he knew that. I was just trying to defend myself and, I said, well actually Andy I was winning the bottle one I told him about this and he said uh-huh yeah I thought so so. He. He, got it we rehearsed the next couple days the gala I believe at this point is four, or five days away this was like, Thursday. I want to say and the gala was gonna be next the, following Tuesday, so. The. Next day after, the whole luncheon, thing went down we are in a massive, rehearsal, of the, full-length. Romeo. And Juliet Peter had already started, at that point his full-length Romeo. And Juliet he hadn't done any of the Romeo and Juliet bits yet I believe he had just done the, Romeo's the Romeo's, Montague's Capulets, sword fighting because. Those guys were in sword fighting forever all the Romeo's, all the Benvolio, z' all the Mercutio's, the Juliet's had not been cast yet that, was the weird part Juliet hadn't been cast yet he was working on this full length which I'll get to in a different story obviously and Andy. Was, as, you've. Seen in my Romeo and Juliet commentary. Videos he was second, cast, Mercutio. So. Annie already been cast as four Cuchillo along. With 18 other million people doing all, the roles so. They were in a rehearsal of, the. Mask dance, which was Romeo, Benvolio, and Mercutio, and, and. II went. To do a big jump, came down and, tore, his. Ligaments. In his ankle sprained, it couldn't walk and I'm. Looking at him going we. Have four days five, days until, the gala and he, cannot walk, here. We go and, I'm sitting in the back like oh my, goodness, so.

Andy Was out gone done I mean it was it was a bad injury so, we, had of course carousel. Rehearsal, that afternoon. And I. Go in there and Chris is like what. Do you mean he's not doing, it I said Andy's the day and he's out he's not doing it I'm standing there as the only one with no partner, I'm the one that's cast to do this but, sterling has a healthy. Partner and Tyler has a healthy partner who was Seth. Orsa, so I'm. Sitting there going he's, gonna take me out of this because my. Partner is done. The thing about carousel, it's a seven and a half minute potted oh and, it's so intricate, and it's so I mean Christopher's, potted, eyes are just incredible. And it, is so complex. That. If one. Partner goes out to. Try and do it with a new partner as a nightmare, it's an absolute, positive, nightmare, and I just didn't, know if with four days to go for. A gala if they were gonna want to take the risk to put me with a new partner, so. Chris, was like well just market and rehearsal, today. And I'll work with the other two couples and I'm thinking yeah I'm I'm out because there's no way. So. I went, home devastated. Because, Andy. Went out and that I was probably not gonna get to do the gala totally. Devastated, so. I come in the next day and, Chris pulls me aside he says all right I don't, typically do this but. You're going to do the gala still and I'm gonna put you with Seth and. He. Said you're gonna have a, three hour rehearsal, today a three. Hour rehearsal, tomorrow and then, we're in the theater and we do the, completes and the dress rehearsal. And so all, you have is today and tomorrow to get, it together and he, himself, had. Other ballets he was working out so I don't think he could come to all those rehearsals so. Seth and I get in the room we hadn't even touched each other all, this time we've probably been rehearsing, for five or six weeks at this point he's. Been rehearsing with somebody else I've been rehearsing with Andy and we were like. Okay. Let's try so. The ballet master was like all right here's we're gonna do start, from the beginning and see how far you can get just. See what, happens, we. Started, we got through almost. 3/4. Of the, pata de with no problems, and it, was like it. Was it, was meant to be it was going to be excellent. I could see it in Seth's eyes like I've seen the ballet max was sitting in the front going this is gonna be good and then as we'll go along. Seth. Ended up being one, of my most frequent partners at New York City Ballet he, ended up leaving for PMB which is why that didn't keep going but he, was probably at that point going. To be my main partner had, he not left because. It worked out so well so we, really didn't need the whole six hours for the two days to, rehearse this thing and as well we'll talk about in future stories, I ended up doing the full-length Romeo, and Juliet with him because. Of carousel, because, that worked so well so. But. That's for another video so, the. Valley master was happy Chris came in and was like yep this is good to go so. We get to the, I don't even know if we had time to run it in the studio I think we the first time we did it with everybody, Seth and I Annie and I had been doing it with everybody in the studio but, I think the first time Seth and I had run the ballet was, on stage in the tech rehearsal and.

It. Was going pretty well a couple couple rough places whenever. You go from studio to, stage, the. First rehearsal, is always kind of and you guys probably know this it's kind of a mess because, there's wings and tape and you, know you just you are oriented, differently you're used to seeing the mirror or you're used to seeing the pianist right over there but. Once you're on the stage it's a complete, your just will so. The. First tech rehearsal, was kind of a mess and in, the last probably. Minute, of this, pot it uh there's this big lift where you run towards him you. Run facing, him, and then all of a sudden before you get to him you back, you go backwards and he catches you it's almost like you do run run run run run and then flip up, into a press lift and he to catch you well. Katie. Morgan belly-flopped, right. On the stage just like Wham and like. We had to stop the orchestra had to stop I don't even know maybe we weren't with the orchestra maybe it was just a pianist but. You, know one of those belly flops where the wind gets totally, knocked out of you just like. Like. I'm. Sorry. So I'm belly flopped in. Rehearsal, I will never forget that it. Was so I think I had bruises from, how hard i belly-flopped and, I, remember Chris. Was there and Peter was there and I, remember personally, at me like you. Know now, I could see like the second guest coming, in his head of like here's. This little apprentice and I gave her this principal role to open the gala and she's belly flopping in her soul not good so. You. Know that but but the good thing about belly flopping is that, it. Kind of everything, was gonna go up from there it could not get any worse than a belly flop so. We. Got to the performance, and, it. Went beautifully. We, got a standing ovation and, it was the first time I got to go out and bow in front of the golden curtain which is it's, such an incredible experience I, remember, just, people saying how lovely it was but I didn't really have time to. Revel. In it we. Went out we did the ballet we bowed we ran offstage and, I had to book it to the dressing room because I was in not. The next piece but the following in the court so, I had to I had to literally like strip and run because I think the piece in between was maybe three minutes or four minutes so. I remember, and it was the piece I was going to be in was Walpurgis, nacht which is Faust, so, Ballentine's Faust so, I. Had. To like run and strip I was like thanks that and I had to like they were like undoing. My costume, so, I didn't get to stand there and revel, in the glory of carousel, it was like all right yet next good, job go go to your core spot which, is one of the things I like about New York City Ballet is that, you. You City. Ballet is not about being a diva, like you do everything, you. Do your course you do your principal role great, wonderful now go fill, in for the core as we'll, talk about when I get into, or future stories I have major, stories, about that particularly, for Nutcracker, so. You don't have time to be a diva you just you have to keep going and I, had two other ballets that night Faust and I think actually now that I'm remembering correctly the. Core of Stars, and Stripes I remember, people giving me lots of compliments principals, in particular, but. That, the. Fact that I did that role for the opening night gala in. New York, and. It went really well I think set me up well, for. Future, roles and I will forever be grateful to Christopher Wheeldon for, taking that risk on me because you. Know I'm an apprentice and, he he's, Christopher, Wilden he doesn't have to do that and, he did that and so Chris thank you so much for that opportunity, I will never forget that night, and.

That The ballet came back several. Times while, I was there. And ended, up doing it with I, think, I finally did end up doing it with Andy I did, it with Seth and. I might have done it with Robbie Fairchild, maybe. But. Anyway it did come back a lot and so I did get to do it a lot and it's it's such an incredible beautiful. Ballet it's 18 minute version of the. Famous writers, and Hammerstein, film. With their music the carousel waltz the, PATA de is the, if. I loved you. Orchestrated. So it's just gorgeous if you haven't ever seen it it's an 18 minute version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein story so. Thank. You again Chris, such an amazing experience and I'm gonna end it there because I've. Talked for quite a long time now I'm goodness knows how long this video is gonna be again, reminder. I'm going to start filming some ballet technique videos, and bars and stuff again so leave me a comment in the box below of what you would like to see or what you need to work on if you, missed the video of the Romeo, and Juliet commentary, bedroom, potted oh it's right down there you can click it to watch love, you guys so so much and I'll see you next time.

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Could you please do a barre class for inner thighs

Hey Katie, Let me start by saying how much I love your videos and vlogs. I've watched almost all of them now and your Once Upon A Pointe series, along with your Ballet Commentary videos are always really captivating and at times so funny I laugh out loud to myself (Where'd she go?). Just a quick question - is it possible for you to lower the angle of your camera/tripod when you film your videos for your main channel? A lot of the time your top teeth and top lip aren't visible because you tend to look down a lot when you're talking in your videos, which doesn't really happen in your vlogs. Don't get me wrong, your videos and vlogs are always entertaining, interesting, relevant, and great quality both visually and audibly, and I will still watch them regardless. I'd just like to be able to see your whole face properly because you're beautiful. x

I would like to know how to properly bow in respect in ballet and not to over do it.

Please do a video on arabesque turns, and balancing on 1 foot en pointe! :)

I'd love to see more videos on partnering and tutorials or tips on lifts.

Can you please do a video showing your pointe shoe and ballet tiara collection? I keep seeing them in the background of your videos and I’m interested to see how many you have!

I love these stories and your videos are so helpful to me as a dancer! Just wondering though by telling these stories do you ever get nostalgic or miss your days performing? I know I would looking back on it!

Hey Katie! I would love it if you could make a technique video for help on balancing en pointe. I’m new to pointe but can’t really do much of anything because I can’t get the balance right. Thanks so much! Xoxo

I would adore to see a video on how to self motivate, including how to make the most of practice and a rough ballet student day routine. I know it would be really difficult, but if you could that would be AWESOME!!! Xxx

Can you do a video on how to do glissades? Love you!❤

back stretching and strengthening for arabesques and attitudes, how to do the different attitudes (my studio is vaganova and i can’t raise my attitude high)

Please do more workouts

I know you've already done a petite allegro help video but could you do another one? I just can't seem to get my changement battus and entreche quatres right. Also maybe an intermediate barre and center would be nice and a performance warm-up class too! So excited technique videos are my favourites!

I would love to see a barre for adult beginners. I’m trying to build up confidence to go back to ballet after a very long break! Thanks Kathryn. You are lovely!

Can you please do a video about how to fix chicken wing shoulders? I would be very interested in excersices and stretches to properly engage the scapula

Loved seeing Houston Ballet in carousel this fall. Im sure you were beautiful!

Could you do a video on the RAD intermediate exam. My pointe work is rocky and I could use some tips.

I was wondering if you could do a video on how to get a flexible back.

So enjoyed this video. I love hearing your ballet stories!! You are so inspiring and so humble. It is amazing. Thanks for sharing with us. I am not sure if you have this type of video up but I would love to see a really comprehensive stretching routine. Also still hoping for that adoption video (my dad was adopted and I always stories of adoption very moving).

Could you please do a Balanchine Barre please?❤

Love hearing these stories. I'd love a new "easy" barre. I've used your old one as a warm up barre or mild workout for years bc it's fabulous, so it would be great to have a new one. :)

Hi Katie!! Would you mind doing a video on hand shaping and tips to deepen and widen Demi pliés please? Thank you xxxx

This is my favorite once upon a pointe yet!❤️

I already wrote it in another video, but please to a technique tip for soutenues on pointe! Or simply stepping up on pointe correctly. Thank you!

Hi! It would be awesome if you could do something on how to get more speed and control on degage’s I have so much trouble with them for some reason even tho I am on pointe and have been doing ballet for over 3 years! I love you!

second comment, i also have a question. Do you think new york city ballet will ever perform Christopher Wheeldon's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland? i've been dreaming of seeing that ballet live for YEARS but i can't leave the country, and the only companies performing it that i know of are the royal and national ballet of canada (which would have been possible had i not found out about it a week after they ended their run :P)

Exercises for your core. I really need to improve mystrength there. Thanks!

I always get incredibly impressed with how completely awesome your stories are. This is just amazing. Kudos to you for dealing with the haters as great as you did. Since you may be taking suggestions, I would deeply appreciate tips on grande allegro! Amazing video!

Hi Katie. This may seem strange, but as a non-dancer who loves your videos, can you (or a dancing viewer), kind of explain how the dancing partnership/coupling works? Why do some dancers not pair well? How can you tell since you guys at that stage are good dancers?


Hi Katie! Could you please do a tutorial on a la second turns? Thanks! God bless!

Could you do a "I have no time" barre for beginners??

Variations please

Hi, Kathryn! I don't normally comment because I figured it would just get lost into the sea of comments, but I just wanted to let you know that I am going to get to see you when you come to TX to do pointe shoe fittings at the Suffolk store! I have been watching your videos for a super long time, ever since I was trying to find a decent stage makeup tutorial and found your old classic stage makeup tutorial. I am also using your Sleeping Beauty Wedding Pas de deux as a reference for the one I am doing for YAGP! Anyway, you just inspire me so much and am so excited to get to meet you, even though I am super nervous.

Can you do a video on maneges? I've never done one before and would like to learn how. My team that I'm on does these during class sometimes and I have no idea how to do one.

Love your videos!! Do you still do podcasts?

Can you do a video on how to get better arches

For once upon a pointe: Your first pointe shoe fitting!!

Hi kathryn could you teach us variations please!!

Loved hearing your experiences, Katie! I used to play the soundtrack of "Carousel" all the time when I was a little girl (ahhh ... Shirley Jones and Gordon MacRae ... ) Is there any footage of you dancing in this role?

Help please with how to hold your turnout during exercises

Beats in petit allegro or pas de basque

I was wondering if you could make a video on bowed legs, I find it impossible to have turned out legs with this. It’s like I when I stand in parallel my legs are already turned in then go to first and my knees are facing forward. I’ve having a lot trouble with this. Thanks again!

Thanks for sharing Katie, I really love listening to your stories! Your hard work and dignity really paid off in many situations and it’s so gratifying to hear you speak about it :)

I love these story time videos!!

Could you do a video on “making your feet more flexible” and/or making the metatarsal joints more flexible and working on improving plantar flexion.

Hey Katie could you make a video about grand rand de jamb? I always get stuck between a le second and derriere. Also doing them at the barre from plie releve onto pointe shoes, I just can't do it and get stuck on demi pointe with my hips out of alignment- this is probably just lack of the muscle to do so, are there any exercises?

Could you do a video for us dancers with scoliosis? I have an S curve and would love some pointers and exercises. Thank you!

I’ve just been put in a dance with a la second turns...I haven’t a clue!! Can you do a video??

jocornel she already has a video on that - just look it up in her technique tips playlist!

tips on grand battements would be very helpful! front side and back, especially back

Love your videos so much! Beautiful job! For future videos if you could do some that focus on placement and posture would be great. Thank you so much for all of your hard work!

I love #onceuponapointe! These segments and your commentary videos are my favorites.

I'd absolutely love tips on how to keep your elbows "anti-gravity" and not letting them drop I really struggle with that, especially on turns, my arms throw me off... Thank you!! Love you♥️ xoxo

Awe those pictures of you at the luncheon are too cute!! ❤

Can you please do a video on assembles

Can you do a video on grand battement, please ? love you

PLEASEEE make a video on how to not get dizzy in maneges. It’s so hard

Can you comment on Ballet 422?!? Thanks!

A beginner's barre for adults and others who aren't currently training as dancers, but love to reminisce with your videos!

Wait a second Wait a second Wait a second Wait a second Can we all take a moment To appreciate how perfect her arabesque is in the thumbnail? Oh mah God.

Hi Kathryn, I was wondering if you would be able to show how to do ballottés/ballonés. And how you should hold your upper body doing them.

Can you do a technique video on foueettes?

Wow! So honest, detailed, and beautifully-told. I love hearing your stories and can't wait to watch more!!

Can you do a video about manèges and how not to get out of your line?It would really help since I am struggling with it! Love you Katie!!!

Yay! These are one of my favorite videos you make. (Even though I love all of them haha) I think it is really cool to get a inside to a professional's story. It really helps me see more and more that I want to be a professional someday!

a video on arabesque turns would be so so helpful! I really struggle with those. Also I love these once upon a pointe videos, I'd love to see them more often!

You are so incredibly humble and such a wonderful role model

Hi Katie ILYSM! Please do a video on how to do fast pique turns in a circle because i have to do the on the number count and the and count in my solo, so it would really help! Also please do a video on what warmup u should do before auditions/ how to prepare for auditions! Thanks❤️❤️❤️

yes please

Could you do another barre focusing on turnout? I do your turnout one that's a couple years old a few times a week and it's helped me so much! I would love some more combinations. Also, I would love a video on grand rond de jambe en l'air and the ones a la seconde. Thanks so much! Love your story videos, Katie!

I was just wondering to get into sab do you have to have previous training in the Balanchine style? And has there ever been anyone British at New York City ballet ? I love your videos so much and I'm so excited for some more technique videos xx

Love story time katie!!

These videos are so so cool! Your stories sound like fairytales:) Thank you for sharing them!

Lit, i woke up to see this, breakfast can wait

Could you maybe do a video on gargouillade i have been having trouble on it?❤️

It's so refreshing to start a morning listening to you! Could you do a quick barre? I was trained in cuban style and since I came back I really miss the speed! I love all your classes, by the way, and I've seen many interesting ideas on here!

Tips for hyper extended knees how to be safe and keep balnce with supporting legs

Another center or a floorbarre would be nice. You are a very special person Katie

Hi Katie could you go over Italian pas de chat?? I am having trouble. Thanks!

I know you’ve made videos on turning but could u maybe do a really in depth video on ala second turns?? I’m really struggling with them

First I just want to say that you are such an inspiration and you have helped me a lot with improving in ballet

please do a video on how to stop your leg from dipping down in grande ronde de jamb! My leg is very high devant, very high a la seconde, and dips quite a bit before coming to my very high arabesque.

Hi katie! Thank you do much for doing ballet videos again. Could you do one on Tombe Pas de Bourree? Also, have you ever considered doing videos on more contemporary ballet move, like an angel leap? I think there is another name for it but that's what my studio calls it Thank you!

I'm so excited in going to Saratoga springs summer intensive this summer

I would love another advanced barre/center! I've done your other one many many times now, it's about the only advanced level class I have access to right now & I'm so grateful for it. I'm sure it would time consuming for you, have you considered setting up a patreon account? Thanks for sharing so much lovely helpful content with us!

Hi Katie, can you do a more advanced pointe barre? Or work follow along workout to improve extensions?

Can you do a beginner pointe centre class? I recently started pointe and love doing centre work to challenge myself.

Please can you make a video about alignment and holding turnout in second and arabesque

Mabey how to do an Arabesque and a penche?

I'm trying to learn ballet and would love to see some beginners ballet basics, please

how about how to improve fast footwork on the bar and in the center

I danced for 15 years and watching your videos make me miss dancing so so so much!!! I feel all the nostalgia

I would love to hear about your experience dancing sugar plum, I remember you mentioned it previously ♡

Can you please please please make a video on extensions and core strength?

Could you do another ballet center? Especially with petit allegros

can you make a video on how to do saus de basques? I think that’s how you spell it haha

Do you have videos of Carousel?

Can you help with Flick Flacks I cant get the hang of it!!!

Loved this story! Could you please do a video about how to not twist your back/ribs in arabesque?

thanks so much for starting your ballet videos!! those are the ones that i love most; i was hoping you could do another ballet barre since ive done them all and i also find your " easy ballet center workout" not so easy so i thought you could maybe do an even easier one? thanks again love your videos so much

Hi Kathryn!! I was wondering if you could do a video about plateaus in dance technique. Mines been about a year and some advice would be greatly appreciated!!

Hey Katie! I need some help with Emboîté's I just can't seem to get the whole way around with them or not stepping into it like its a pique turn.

Absolutely ADORE this story, played it twice in a row!! Your standout talent and humility are an interesting combination and sharing this story with others is such a wonderful treat :)

Hi Kathryn I would very much like a waltz video going over that step if at all possible! Love you!

glissades a la seconde! I can never get a clean weight transfer, I sound like an elephant and my hips are all over the place :) So excited you're doing technique videos again!

Hi, I love your videos, and I'm in pre pointe and I'm having a hard time being patient and not stressing or worrying about whether I'm going to be allowed on pointe, I'd love a video on that subject, and btw your videos are very inspiring and motivating to me!

Please make a video about fondue!! I always feel awkward while doing it!

„We‘re from Redneckville and shouldn‘t be mingeling with these people“ - you are so hilarious. With your humour and wit and talent, I think you should have been the most popular girl at NYCB!

I would love to see you teach a variation to one of your students or demonstrate the steps

Hey Katie! I would love if you could do a video on proper core alignment. I constantly struggle with over-arching my back and leaning slightly backward, especially during barre. Thanks for considering xoxo

I would love a pre performance or exam warm up♥

Hi! Maybe a pre-performance warmup video? Or how to get a nicer arabesque?

Fairy tale is the perfect description, this story is like a mini ballet in itself!! :)

Do you have video of carosell performance?? Would love to see it

You are amazing! Please do a story on getting the magazine covers!!!;

Could you make a video(s) of you dancing Carousel?Maybe some commentary as well?

One word gargouillades, it just has to be done!

PLEASE do a balanchine barre

Anne Harrison Thanks!! Yeah, I like to think of that too, but in a while it gets loose... idk I really have a problem with that :(

may I suggest thinking of rotating the muscle under your arm to lift it rather than thinking of pulling or holding it with the mucles on top - that can lead to shoulders rising and neck tension. I prefer to think of those muscles as holding your lower arm.

that would be me as well!

glad I'm not the only one suggesting this, I just want to see Katie demo it!

Why did u leave the company

another advanced ballet barre would be lovely! And also maybe some exercises to improve Balance and turns. lots of love

Maybe something that really focuses on reminding us about proper alignment and technique?

I would love a video on exercises to help with foot articulation/strength in petit allegro in pointe shoes

OMG KATHRYN WAS AMAZING OMG!!!! I’m just so surprised by all these opportunities she got. When she goes back to performing she’ll take the ballet world by storm.

Please please please PLEASE do the story of your promotions, how you got up the ranks

I can only do good pirouettes on my right side (Right leg in Passe) ... On a good day I can do 3 or 4 clean pirouettes on my right, but only ONE clean one on my left... HELP

please do a video on FRAPPES WITH POINT SHOES!

Wish you could have put the actual ballet of you dancing in Carousel.

Thank you for all of your wonderful videos! I'd definitely appreciate a video with some tips on brise vole. :-)

Wow. This sounds like a plot of some inspirational movie. I love and adore this story.

Your story would honestly make an amazing movie

Hi Kathryn, I enjoyed this story so much. I was wondering, do you have a clip of you dancing in Carousel? If you do, could you post it, please? Thank you :)

i cant believe these petty jealousies still continue in the ballet world!!!!! Just love your stories and the NYC Ballet from my hometown

wow! you were obviously a natural standout. incredible and humble; love it!

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