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Katherine Murphy Morris


Office:   Center for the Arts 1002V
Phone:   410-704-3495
Fax:   410-704-3752



Katherine Morris is a dancer, teacher and choreographer with over 35 years of professional experience in performing, teaching and choreography in diverse styles, from classical ballet to creative and character dance, and has taught all levels from elementary through advanced.

She received her early training in Bethesda, Maryland under Yuri Yourlo, Sophia Firsova, Charles Dickson, Alan Woodard, Tensia Fonseca, Irena Prochotsky, and Raquel Pena. She was a summer scholarship student at the School of American Ballet in New York.

She joined the Pennsylvania Ballet Company in Philadelphia in 1976, working under Benjamin Harkarvy, Barbara Weisberger, Lupe Serrano and Robert Rodham, and performing a wide range of roles including works by Balanchine, Tudor, Petipa, Limon, Butler, Van Manen , Sappington, Robbins and many others.

In 1988 she was invited by Bojan and Stephanie Spassoff to join the faculty of the Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet,and taught every level at the school during her 15 year tenure there. She was also a faculty member at Bryn Mawr College, where she taught technique as well as repertory classes; and Cabrini College, where she taught history of dance. She held a position as dance instructor and choreographer at the Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA), where she worked with pre-professional opera students. She taught ballet technique and created works on the advanced classes at Swarthmore College. She participated in lecture demonstrations throughout the Philadelphia school system in conjunction with AVA as well as the Rock school and developed a program for the West Chester Pennsylvania school system to introduce dance to school children , as well as developing a creative dance course for the Springside School in conjunction with the Episcopal Academy in Merion Pennsylvania.
She taught courses as guest faculty at Jacob’s Pillow in Massachusetts, Children’s Ballet Theater in New Jersey, and for the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in Carlisle, Pa.
In addition to teaching, she spent 15 years as ballet master and choreographer for the West Chester Ballet Theater where she restaged classics such as Swan Lake and the Nutcracker and created many original works in a variety of styles. She choreographed the dance scenes for the Academy of Vocal Arts productions of Eugene Onegin and Hansel and Gretel, which were performed both at the Academy of Music and at the Annenberg Center in Philadelphia.

Upon moving to Maryland, she accepted a faculty position teaching and creating original works for the Peabody Preparatory at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. She also taught at Sudbrook Center for the Arts in Baltimore for many years, and currently teaches at Goucher College in Towson Maryland.

She has a BA in European History from the University of Pennsylvania.







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