Katy Pyle

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    Katy Pyle
    Date of birth 08/16/1980
    Nationality American
    Pronouns they/them[1]
    Gender identity genderqueer lesbian[1]
    Occupation ballet dancer/choreographer
    Known for Ballez Company

    Katy Pyle is an American ballet dancer and choreographer. They are the founder and artistic director of Ballez, which is a "a radically inclusive queer space" for ballet classes, performances, and community.[2]

    Pyle has studied ballet since the age of three.[3] While an undergraduate student at Hollins University, Pyle performed as a drag king and explored post-modern dance forms.

    Quotes[edit | edit source]

    « Ballet is a very codified set of postures that was designed to make people look “attractive,” in a certain Western European court system with very particular expectations for how women and men should move. The movements themselves are ridiculous, hyper-gendered costumes that you can put on to your skeleton, like drag. I'm combining those aspects in unexpected ways, for example, taking a really powerful leap and then adding this super femme hand gesture on top of it.[4] »

    References[edit | edit source]

    1. 1.0 1.1 Bio, retrieved May 17, 2020 Archived on 17 July 2023
    2. Kravitz, Melissa (29 June 2018). "Inside the Movement to Make Ballet a More LGBTQ-Inclusive Space". Cosmopolitan. Archived from the original on 17 July 2023. Retrieved 17 May 2020.
    3. Rivera, Zayda (28 June 2017). [False "She Felt Trapped By Ballet's Gender Rules, And Now Leads An Inclusive And Innovative Troupe"] Check |archive-url= value (help). A Plus. Archived from the original on 17 July 2023. Retrieved 17 May 2020.
    4. Stake, Kristen (May 1, 2018). "Lez Dance — Ballez Artistic Director Katy Pyle on queering ballet vocabulary in Maine". The Portland Phoenix. Archived from the original on 17 July 2023. Retrieved May 17, 2020.
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