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Missing Kathryn MorganBack this season?


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#16 AlbanyGirl

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 02:22 PM

I found this on the internet, in Kathryn's own words.

balletnews.co.uk/new-york-city-ballet-soloist-kathryn-morgan-from-t...

#17 ViolinConcerto

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 10:08 AM

Here is a link to a page on the Mobile Ballet - where Kathryn will be dancing this year. We wish her a good season.

#18 AlbanyGirl

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Posted 03 February 2014 - 02:42 PM

Is there any more news about lovely Kathryn Morgan?  I miss her. 



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Posted 03 February 2014 - 03:31 PM

I do too. As the young girl in Ives, Songs she was one of the most naturally lovely dancers that I've seen.



#20 AlbanyGirl

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Posted 03 February 2014 - 05:49 PM

Well, I've never seen her dance!  I am a NYCB devotee who mostly sees the company at SPAC, although last two years I've subscribed to their annual season in NYC for 4-5 performances.  But I never saw Kathryn dance live, only a clip or two.  Yet I just know she's wonderful.  And so I miss her and wish she'd come back to NYCB soon.   I get what you say about her naturalness.   Most important, I hope she's regained her health.  ~ Karen



#21 AlbanyGirl

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Posted 21 June 2014 - 07:49 AM

Ballet Review has a short article on Kathryn and the progress of her health and career.  She said she wouldn't be hired back at NYCB - what a shame!  Still, she seems ok with it and displays her usual positive attitude.  She's auditioning in Europe.  I hope I can see her dance sometime.  She is just lovely.  Best wishes, Kathryn!     



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Posted 13 July 2014 - 08:49 PM

Kathryn has been posting a lot of videos on twitter lately. She did some demonstrating in the latest on (on feet and pointe shoes). I am sad to report that while she seems quite upbeat she looks totally out of shape and maybe about 25 pounds overweight. I don't see her being able to resume dancing at this point. I truly wish her well and that she gets completely healthy again.

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Posted 14 July 2014 - 05:05 AM

My mother has the same disease as Morgan.  The excess weight is a symptom of the disease.  I'm sure she looks perfectly fine (and better than most of the population) in terms of her weight, but for a dancer or athlete, this symptom is a huge problem. 



#24 Helene

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 03:36 PM

Kathryn Morgan gave an interview to Kimberly Falker for the Balancing Pointe podcast series.  The direct link to the interview is here:

 

http://hwcdn.libsyn....1dfa956c3e2c545

 

She speaks about her training, schooling, summer programs, time at NYCB, her illness, her recovery, and her plans.

 

At the end of the podcast Falker says that photos and links to Morgan's social media will be on the Show Notes page of the Balanching Pointe website.



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Posted 19 July 2014 - 03:43 PM

I wonder if Hübbe would take her at RDB. She was lovely in Flower Festival at his farewell.



#26 Helene

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Posted 19 July 2014 - 04:12 PM

She did say she's looking at Europe and would like to dance in classical rep. 

 

Here's the link to the Show Notes page for Morgan's interview:

http://nblo.gs/YzFJe



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Posted 19 July 2014 - 06:14 PM

It was an interesting interview.  I wish K. Morgan the best.  I saw her perform a few times and it was clear to me she's a major talent.  It interested me that she said she didn't see herself in the leotard, Balanchine ballets and felt she was a tutu/skirt girl.  At the same time she wanted to be in NYCB.  I guess there are a lot of Tutu/skirt roles in NYCB but no one does those exclusively.  Also wanting to go to Europe because those companies do more classical rep is interesting.  I'm not sure that's true, but I guess it depends on what company.  In any event she is a talented woman and I wish her well.



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Posted 24 July 2014 - 08:38 PM

My mother has the same disease as Morgan.  The excess weight is a symptom of the disease.  I'm sure she looks perfectly fine (and better than most of the population) in terms of her weight, but for a dancer or athlete, this symptom is a huge problem.


What was not clear to me (maybe a little from the podcast) was why this was such a complicated disease. I, too, have an underactive thyroid (for 30 years) but have simply taken synthetic thyroid medicine (synthroid) and problem solved. I have always been underweight (although I know some people gain some weight) even before I was put on synthroid. My only symptom was the fatigue and feeling like I was sleepwalking.

I truly admire Morgan's determination and perseverance. But you should check out the workout videos she puts on twitter. It is no wonder she is meeting with resistance from ADs with the way she looks now. She should definitely not audition until she drops the weight and gets back into professional classes. To do otherwise be, I'm afraid, would be looking for rejection and masochistic. I do feel it would have been nicer if Peter had met with her instead dashing her hopes in an email. However, my business minded husband said that since Morgan broke her contract, Peter owed her nothing and Morgan should have realized Peter simply might not need her anymore. Anyway, life is going on for her and I truly wish her the very best.

#29 Helene

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Posted 25 July 2014 - 12:21 AM

She didnt' say that Martins owed her anything:  she said that Martins told her to contact her if she could return.  Had he not said anything to encourage her to contact him, I don't think she would have had an issue with the email.  In fact, she defends him twice, by saying that it wasn't he, but the board, who wanted her out, never to return.

 

The disease manifests itself in many ways.  For many, it takes a long while to address.  She was not one of the lucky ones who get the answer quickly.

 

I don't remember he saying that she was having trouble getting hired.  It sounded like she has just come up with a plan for which companies to contact, after Martins sent his email.



#30 abatt

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Posted 25 July 2014 - 05:10 AM

I'm not sure that Morgan can lose the weight and still be healthy.  The weight gain and fatigue  are symptoms of the disease. It's a chronic problem.   It's also an issue of stamina.  For any other occupation, one could just take the synthroid and go on living a perfectly normal life.  However, in an occupation involving such extreme physical demands, business as usual just isn't possible.

 

She missed several years of performances at NYCB, and there is no proof whatsoever that she could (a) lose the weight and (b) keep up with a rigorous schedule required of members of the NYCB or a similar caliber company.  It's not a matter of being angry that she broke her contract.  It is likely that she just cannot do the job anymore.  On the one hand, I admire her tenacity.  However, on the other hand I thinkk she would have been wise to use the last few years to get an education and try to develop skills or connections for jobs in the event that she could no longer dance.  She needs to be realistic. 

 

As for being unlucky regarding the amount of time for diagnosis, I recall that Kathryn is adopted.  Therefore she has no family history available in order to assist in diagnosing potential hereditary diseases.  I think thyroid diseases tend to have hereditary elements. 




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