Chair, Division of Fine and Performing Arts
Katie Langan is the Division Chair of Fine and Performing Arts at Marymount Manhattan College. She 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 continues to feature new and restaged works by some of the dance community’s most noted choreographers and has become a major dance event for the College and beyond.
In addition to her work at Marymount, Ms. Langan taught company class for The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for over three years and taught for several years advanced levels for the Ailey School summer program. She has also taught for Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, New York City Dance Alliance (NYCDA), Dance Space, NYU Tisch, and Ballet Maestro along with Master Classes for the Connecticut Performing Arts Center and others. She was a recent guest teacher for Ballet Hispanico’s 2nd Company. 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. She has been interviewed for articles written in Dance Teacher Magazine, Dance Magazine, Dance Studio Life, Dance 212, and Backstage, and was the subject of the feature article in the September 2017 issue of Dance Teachermagazine: Katie Langan: A Day in the Life.
With over thirty 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. Most recently her choreography, Under the Surface, was performed at The Joyce Theater to represent Marymount Manhattan College at NYCDA’s Destiny Rising Gala. Ms. Langan served as a judge for DRA’s Dancin’ Downtown at The Joyce, served on the Princess Grace Foundation USA 2010 Dance and Choreography Panel and was a Board Member of Parsons Dance from 2009-2011. By invitation, she has also served as a participant in “feedback” showings for The Joyce Theater’s Creative Residency Program. Creative Residency Artists include Wally Cardona, Andrea Miller and Brian Brooks. She is certified in The ABT National Training Curriculum© through Level 5.
Ms. Langan received her dance training at the North Carolina School of the Arts, American Ballet Theatre and the School of American Ballet. 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 Dance. She had the opportunity to work directly with Rudolf Nureyev, Natalia Makarova, Anthony Tudor, Billy Forsythe, Rudi van Dan Zieg, Gelsey Kirkland, Eleanor D’Antuono 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. She received the Teaching Excellence Award in 2014 and the Raymunde McKaye Award in 2017 for establishing a national/international reputation in Dance at MMC.