Katie Dorn is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where she earned a high school diploma and B.F.A. in Contemporary Dance. She completed her M.F.A. from the Hollins University/American Dance Festival M.F.A. program. In 2006 she received the Martha Hill Young Professional Award as an outstanding young performer. Since moving to NYC Katie has worked with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Gus Solomons Jr., Carlos Soto, Vanessa Walters, and with Robert Wilson and Philip Glass on the revival of the opera, "Einstein on the Beach." She performed James Lee Byars's "The Mile Long Paper Walk"- a solo that was re staged by Lucinda Childs for the Marron Atrium at the MoMA in NYC in August 2014. Katie has been dancing for Lucinda Childs since 2009 and has set Ms. Childs work on students at Barnard College, the University of Michigan, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and on the Lyon Opera Ballet. She is the producer and host of the podcast Dance Journal NYC.
Ten years ago I stood outside the New 42nd Street Studios near Times Square in New York City, freezing in a very long line, waiting to audition for Lucinda Childs. I thought about leaving after an announcement was made that dancers who did not register, like me, would not be seen. Today, I am on a plane home from Abu Dhabi where the Lucinda Childs Dance Company just gave its final performance of her 1979 masterpiece, DANCE, at The Performing Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi. Lucinda will be the first to say that she asked to see all the dancers waiting outside in 2008, and I am certainly grateful to my 24 year-old self for sticking around to see what would happen.
DANCE is the first piece of Lucinda's choreography I learned and it was the first piece that her newly-formed company performed. The process of learning the work presented its challenges; there were tears and much needed pep talks from family and castmates. But I fell in love with DANCE,too. For close to ten years, I was fortunate to dance this evening-length work all over the world. I'm not entirely sure I'm ready to say good-bye.