Kaitlyn Gilliland began her dance training at the Minnesota Dance Theatre and continued her studies at the School of American Ballet, where she received the Mae L. Wien Award for outstanding promise in 2004. From 2006 to 2011, Ms. Gilliland danced with the New York City Ballet, performing corps, soloist, and principal roles in works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Eliot Feld, Douglas Lee, Peter Martins, Angelin Preljocaj, Alexei Ratmansky, and Christopher Wheeldon. She was the New York City Ballet’s Janice Levin Dancer Honoree in 2010.
Since leaving the New York City Ballet, Ms. Gilliland has appeared on stage and on film with BalletNext, BalletCollective, Ballet Tech, Claudia Schreier & Company, Emery LeCrone Dance, Intermezzo Dance Company, Minnesota Dance Theatre, New Chamber Ballet, Pontus Lidberg Dance, and Trainor Dance, performing repertory by Charles Askegard, Constantine Baecher, Mauro Bigonzetti, Gemma Bond, Eliot Feld, Marcelo Gomes, Adam Hendrickson, Gabrielle Lamb, Pontus Lidberg, Brian Reeder, Jillian Pena, Troy Schumacher, Claudia Schreier, and Michele Wiles, among others. She originated the role of “Clara” in A Nutcracker: Part 1 (The Workshop) produced in collaboration with Designated Movement and JV Squad. In February of 2015, she presented #loveyoumeanit, an original work created in conversation with Will Rawls for Danspace’s 2015 Platform Series “Dancers, Buildings, and People in the Streets.”
In 2014, Ms. Gilliland joined Twyla Tharp’s 50th Anniversary National Tour and went on to perform with Twyla Tharp Dance for three years, dancing featured roles in Tharp‘s Beethoven Opus 130, Brahms Paganini, Country Dances, Dylan Love Songs, Entr’Acte, The Fugue, Nine Sinatra Songs, The One Hundreds, Preludes and Fugues, The Raggedy Dances, and Yowzie. Kaitlyn also appeared in Ms. Tharp‘s Spring 2017 “Black Box” series, presented at the Harlem School for the Arts.
In October of 2017, Ms. Gilliland joined L.A. Dance Project under the direction of Benjamin Millepied.
Ms. Gilliland served on the faculty of the School of American Ballet from 2012 to 2015 and as an instructor for The New York City Public School for Dance (The Ballet Tech School) for one year. In May of 2015, she graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia University with a degree in Psychology.