Katie McCann - a smiling white woman with chin-length brown hair, hazel eyes, and freckles


Founding Director


Katie is a Chicago-based teacher and director. Before moving to Chicago in 2004, she was a company member with Kentucky Ballet Theatre in Lexington, KY where she performed principal and soloist roles in Giselle, Paquita, Dracula, The Nutcracker, and various repertory pieces. In Chicago, she has performed as a freelance dancer in works by choreographers Peter Carpenter, Autumn Eckman, Emily Stein, and August Tye, among others.

Katie has taught ballet technique, pointe, and repertory classes to all ages and ability levels for over fifteen years. She is currently on faculty at Dance Academy of Libertyville and Extensions Dance. She has taught company class for several professional companies in Chicago and was the ballet mistress for Nomi Dance Company. Her students have gone on to prestigious college dance programs and professional careers in the ballet, contemporary, and commercial dance industries.

She founded Dance in the Parks in 2009 as a way to expand the vibrant Chicago dance community into neighborhoods throughout the city. Combining some of the city's best cultural assets - our huge park system, diverse dance community, and gorgeous (though unpredictable) summer weather. The company has reached more than 12,000 audience members in its 14 seasons.

Photo by August Tye