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Viewpoints with Mary Kate Hartung

jpatterson-224Our Viewpoints series allows you to hear directly from our dancers as they speak about their training, the rehearsal process, and the experience of working with Broadway Dance Lab.

Mary Kate Hartung, a Wisconsin native, received her training from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and The Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance. Post University, she has had the pleasure of working with Twyla Tharp, David Dorfman Dance, Keigwin + Company, Bugge Ballet, BOINK Dance, Rosie Deangelo, Jacklyn Walsh, Broadway Asia, The Kuperman Brothers, and ChristinaNoel and The Creature, among others. Her own choreographic work has been performed both nationally and abroad. When not dancing, MK can be found teaching dance, tutoring English, history, and SAT, and meandering the streets in search of NYC’s hidden gems.

BDL: Can you tell us a bit about your dance training?

MKH: My training began at an “all inclusive” studio in Wisconsin. We did ballet, modern, jazz, tap, The Nutcracker, contemporary concerts, and competitions. I had a ton of opportunities there. Then I came to New York to study dance at Tisch NYU, with supplemental training in Salzburg, Austria. Since graduating, I’ve been working as a freelance artist, exploring opportunities in both concert dance and theatre.

BDL: What interested you in working with Broadway Dance Lab?

MKH: I was initially interested in BDL because of the amazing lineup of choreographer for this Cycle. Once booked, and as it got closer to start time, I became equally excited about working with the incredible dancers who were going to be involved.

BDL: What has it been like to watch choreographers of all different styles work in the Lab?

MKH: Process is my favorite part of dancing. I love being creative and lending my own artistic voice to the arena. It’s been so amazing having different processes each week. As dancers, we’ve really had to keep our brains turned on and tuned in to what each choreographer needs and wants. I can’t yet comprehend how many networking relationships I have made in the past two months. I imagine ripples of opportunity will continue to come to me through BDL for a very long time.