Movers & Shapers: Kat Wildish

By May 17, 2016Podcast

Podcast No.24 – Kat Wildish

Release Date: May 17, 2016

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Kat Wildish is one of those rare ballerinas who appeared with both New York City Ballet (under founder George Balanchine) and American Ballet Theatre (under artistic director Mikhail Baryshnikov), as well as with such companies as Zurich Ballet, Metropolitan Opera Ballet, and The Eglevsky Ballet (under Edward Villella). A teacher with 40 years’ experience, she is an expert in ballet’s great pedagogical traditions: Balanchine technique, Vaganova, and Cechetti. She is also an ABT® Certified Teacher, in Primary through Level 7/Partnering of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. She has mentored teachers for the Dance Educators of America and as a member of the U.S. Faculty of Education of the United Kingdom’s Royal Academy of Dance. She is currently on the faculty of The Joffrey School and leads open classes at Peridance Capezio Center, Ballet Arts, Gibney Dance, and Ripley-Grier. She has been a guest teacher both internationally (Germany, Switzerland, Japan, and, most recently, Italy) and in states ranging from Florida to Alaska. She also teaches privately and coaches dancers for competitions like the Youth America Grand Prix. In February 2014 Wildish was on the cover of Dance Teacher magazine. Under the rubric “Kat Wildish Presents,” she masterminded the Performing in NY Showcases (three times a year, six performances) for passionate students and larger companies (six dancers and up) eager for stage experience and exposure. Just recently she introduced the Performing in NY Spotlight Series (twice a year, four performances) for soloists and smaller groups.  She also produces the Festival of Dance Schools.  To study with Kat is to be the beneficiary of superlative technical training, a lifetime of accumulated ballet lore, and a generous, elegant spirit. She prepares her students not only to dance beautifully, but to live with grace.



Louisville Ballet

Pace School of the Performing Arts

Harkness Center for Dance Injuries

Melissa Hayden

New York City Ballet

George Balanchine

Peter Martins

American Ballet Theater

Lincoln Kirstein

Eglevsky Ballet 

Metropolitan Opera 

Maurice Béjart

William Forsythe

Zurich Ballet

Mikhail Baryshnikov 

Broadway Dance Center

The Ailey Extension


Gibney Dance

Harlem School of the Arts

Podcast produced by: The Moving Architects
Interviewer: Erin Carlisle Norton
Intro Music: “Singing Distance” by Elijah Aaron