Author Archives: Kate Lydon

About Kate Lydon

I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and first started dancing in my best friend’s kitchen when I was 3. She and I would put on 10 pairs of socks each so we could trade off trying on her mom’s pointe shoes (her mom, Susan Tripaldi, was my first teacher). I continued learning tap, ballet and jazz when my parents enrolled me at the California Academy of Performing Arts in Moraga, CA, when I was 9. By then I was totally hooked on dancing and performing. It was a whirlwind into San Francisco Ballet School before I moved to NYC. (I was one of eight girls chosen by Baryshnikov to study fulltime at American Ballet Theatre’s School of Classical Ballet!) At 16, I auditioned for San Francisco Ballet and got a contract. After five fab years there dancing with amazing people, I joined American Ballet Theatre where I danced with more amazing people! Now, I love working at Dance Spirit! Alison, Colleen, Margaret, Michael and Jo are zany, smart and savvy, and we have so much fun putting together the magazine for you (the best readers ever!) each month.

Keltie Colleen’s DS Blog: HALE jewelry

I want to introduce you to my friend, Kelsey Nagie. Just like me, Kelsey is a dancer! She has aMore »

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Ovation’s “Battle of The Nutcrackers” begins tonight!

Ovation’s “Battle of The Nutcrackers” begins tonight! Tune in each night this week to see five different versions of TheMore »

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Watch David Hallberg’s debut with The Bolshoi this Sunday, November 20th

Bummed out because you can’t get to Russia to see David Hallberg make his debut with The Bolshoi in TheMore »

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Kate’s Note: On The Comp Scene

Every summer, when it comes time for the Dance Spirit editors to attend national competitions, the energy in our officeMore »

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The Road to “Glee”

Once you spot Heather Morris on the hit TV show “Glee,” you’ll sit on the edge of your couch anxiouslyMore »

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Congratulations, Jeanine!

Dance Spirit congratulates Jeanine for winning "So You Think You Can Dance" Season 5 and nabbing the November cover storyMore »

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