Katy Pyle re-imagines ballet culture through the lens of their own values. Pyle’s company, Ballez (est. 2011), creates large scale story-ballets, open classes, and public engagement. Major works: “The Firebird, a Ballez,” Danspace Project (2013), “Variations on Virtuosity” American Realness (2015), “Sleeping Beauty & the Beast,” La Mama (2016), and “Slavic Goddesses,” at the Kitchen with Paulina Olowska (January 2017). Pyle has brought Ballez to Yale, Princeton, Sarah Lawrence, NYU, Whitman College, Bowdoin College, Beloit College, and the New School, where they are a faculty member. Ballez has been featured in the NY Times, Dance Magazine, Teen Vogue, among other publications.

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