• Profile:

    Katy Pyle is a performance-based artist who believes in radical embodiment and the power of performance to enact social change. Pyle began studying ballet as a child, and always jumped with the boys at the end of class. She studied with Austin Contemporary Ballet and at North Carolina School of the Arts. At 16, she diverged from ballet because of its limited possibilities in relation to her body, and the representation of her gender and sexuality. She went on to study modern dance and choreography at NCSA, and then post-modern dance and Multimedia Performance Art at Hollins. Since moving to New York in 2002, her work has been presented throughout the city. Evening length works include “Salute to Ex-Best Friends,” (Pyle & Eleanor Hullihan), Galapagos, 2005; “The Lady Centaur Show,”, PS 122, 2007; “THE WAY: You Make Me Feel,” Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, 2010; “COVERS,” The Bushwick Starr, 2012; “The Firebird, a Ballez,” Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, 2013; “Variations on Virtuosity, a Gala with the Stars of the Ballez,” American Realness at Abrons Arts Center, 2015, and most recently, "Sleeping Beauty & the Beast," at La Mama ETC, April 29- May 8, 2016.

    She teaches the celebrated “Adult Ballez” class weekly through Brooklyn Arts Exchange  (often with Jules Skloot), and has brought the class to Movement Research, the Allied Media Conference and Wayne State University in Detroit, CounterPULSE in San Francisco, University Musical Society in Ann Arbor, Irreverent Dance in London, Parsons, the Beyond Tolerance Youth Conference, Yale University, New York University, and Sarah Lawrence College.

    As a performer/creator, she has worked with Ivy Baldwin, Faye Driscoll, John Jasperse, Karinne Keithley Syers, Xavier Le Roy, Jennifer Monson, Anna Sperber, Katie Workum, and Young Jean Lee.


    Degrees Held:

    BA Multimedia Performance Art, Hollins University, 2002, summa cum laude

    Professional Affiliations:

    2013-2015 Artist in Residence, Brooklyn Arts Exchange

    500 hr RYT

    Urban Zen Integrative Therapist


    Recent Publications:

    Vice Magazine: The Future of Ballet is Inclusive and Queer-

    NBC: This LGBTQ Dance Company Wants to Change How We Think About Gender in Ballet:

    Hyperallergic: The Dances of the Slavic Goddesses:

    Teen Vogue: How This NYC Dance Troupe Uses Ballet for Queer Activism: “Here, I feel very alive and like my voice is being heard”: Meet Ballez, a dance company for transgender, lesbian and queer stories" :


    This LGBTQ Dance Company Wants to Change How We Think About Gender in Ballet

    This LGBTQ Dance Company Wants to Change How We Think About Gender in Ballet

    Performances And Appearances:


    Paulina Olowska's Slavic Goddesses: The Kitchen, January 26-28, 2017

    Sleeping Beauty & the Beast: La Mama ETC, April 29-May 8, 2016

    Variations on Virtuosity: American Realness at Abrons Arts Center, January 10-11, 2015

    The Firebird, a Ballez: Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church, May 16-18, 2013 and (reprise) October 24-26, 2013


    Performance/Collaborative Creation-

    Untitled Feminist Show, Young Jean Lee Theater Company, Director/Dance Captain on Tour, 2010-2016 

    RETROSPECTIVE, Xavier Le Roy: MOMA PS1, Fall 2014

    Faye Driscoll: 2006-2013

    Ivy Baldwin: 2002-2006

    Jennifer Monson/BIRDBRAIN: 2004-2006

    John Jasperse: 2003-2005


    Research Interests:

    ballet, queer studies, gender studies

    Awards And Honors:


    Jerome Foundation: 2016, 2013

    Mertz Gilmore Foundation: 2015, 2016

    Brooklyn Arts Council: 2015



    La Mama, ETC: 2015-2016

    LMCC Process Space at Governor's Island: 2015

    Brooklyn Arts Exchange Artist in Residence: 2013-2015

    Abrons Arts Center: 2013

    Mount Tremper Arts: 2012, 2013

    Dragon's Egg: 2010

    Current Courses:

    Ballet Practices

    Ballet Practices (Spring 2020)