As you might have noticed, a new cover girl has taken over our website: New York City Ballet's Kathryn Morgan. Read her story from our February/March 2010 issue here.
Even though she was still a corps member when we started talking about who we wanted to put on the cover of this issue, it was pretty much a unanimous decision by Pointe's editorial team to feature Kathryn. This girl has that intangible "it" factor that is simply magnetic onstage—you can't ignore her, even when she's one of dozens in the corps. Her lyrical, adagio movement is one of a kind in NYCB. And it reveals her sweet, no-nonsense personality. She consistently digs beyond the pure steps to find a deeper character or emotion to convey to the audience.
When I interviewed Kathryn last year for "In These Hands," Pointe's roundup of seven artists who we believed were moving ballet forward, she told me that she hopes to one day become a dancer who has her own unique style and puts her own stamp on the ballet world, like Wendy Whelan or Jenifer Ringer. "It’s more than what they do, but how they do it and how they put their individual take on everything," she said. Now that she's been promoted to soloist, hopefully Kathryn will be given more and more chances to do just that.
Go behind the scenes at our cover shoot here.