Kathleen Moore, born in Chicago, Illinois was raised in Huntsville, Alabama. She began her serious dance training at the Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA) under the tutelage of Dame Sonia Arova and Thor Sutowski. Kathleen also attended summer session in New York, at the School of American Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre School, before graduating from ASFA as a National Scholar in the Arts and moving to New York as a member of American Ballet Theatre’s junior company, ABT II when she was 16 years old.
Miss Moore joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet in 1982, was appointed Soloist by Mikhail Baryshnikov in 1988, and Principal Dancer in 1991. Her roles with ABT were many, working in the classics as well as the dramatic and modern repertory.
Miss Moore created the role of The Girl in The Informer by Agnes de Mille, leading roles in Mark Morris’ Drink To MeOnly With Thine Eyes, in Twyla Tharp’s How Near Heaven and Jump Start, and she was chosen by Antony Tudor to dance the role of Hagar in Pillar of Fire shortly before his death.
She was also a member of the premiere tour of the White Oak Dance Project under the direction of Mikhail Baryshnikov and Mark Morris in 1990, and has appeared in several dance documentaries, the Herbert Ross movie Dancers and was interviewed on The Charlie Rose Show.
Miss Moore retired from dancing in the fall of 1998, served as a member of the Executive Committee for the Princeton Symphony Orchestra and has been on faculty at the American Repertory Ballet Company/Princeton Ballet School for several years. She has taught master classes at Wesleyan University and is an ABT certified teacher having completed all levels of the ABT National Training Curriculum course in 2011.