Ballet - BFA Commercial Dance
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 New York 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 New York Spotlight Series (twice a year, four performances) for soloists and smaller groups. She also produces the Festival of Dance Schools.