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Kate Lydon


Kate Lydon is the Artistic Director of the American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive programs. Lydon began her performing career with San Francisco Ballet and later moved to American Ballet Theatre. She danced a varied repertoire. Since 2005, Lydon has worked in many different capacities for American Ballet Theatre. She is a former Artistic Director of ABT Studio Company, she was a Company class teacher, and assistant with the ABT Apprentice Program. Lydon was on the Artistic Advisory Committee for the ABT National Training Curriculum, which she helped edit. She was chief editor of ABT’s Healthy Dancer Guidelines, working closely with Dr. Gary Wadler and the ABT Medical Advisory Board to bring this document to fruition. For 10 years, Lydon narrated the ABTKids and Young People’s Ballet Workshop performances at the Metropolitan Opera House, and she performed character roles for ABT during their Lincoln Center seasons. She has led pre-performance talks and interviews for the Company and has been a lecturer and teacher for ABT engagement programs.

In addition, Lydon is the director of dance at St. Paul’s School. She is former editor-in-chief of Dance Spirit magazine, and she worked as a writer and editor for Dance Magazine, Pointe. and Dance Teacher.

Lydon is a former student of ABT’s summer program and school.