Kathleen Flynn Gavin

Kathleen Flynn Gavin has studied, choreographed, and professionally performed many styles of dance.

She graduated from Rutgers University with a BFA in dance and a BA in journalism. She later completed her MFA in Dance at NYU, Tisch School of the Arts. While at Tisch, she studied Pilates under Kathy Grant. 

Gavin studied on scholarship at the Nikolais/Louis Lab and at the Merce Cunningham Studio. She received her Pilates mat certification from the Kane School and completed her yoga teacher training at Yogaworks, NYC. In 2010, she was awarded the Surdna Arts Teachers Fellowship, which enabled her to attend the Aerial Dance Festival in Boulder, CO. Gavin has produced choreography in New York City at Context (East Village), People in Your Neighborhood Festivals, Manhattan School of Music, the Stegman Gallery, and for Women Center Stage. She worked in arts administration positions at Ellen Jacobs Associates, the Guggenheim Museum, WNET/Channel 13 Dance in America and The Village Voice. Her performance career was with Heather Harrington, Cleo Mack, Kun-Yang Lin, Pam Tanowitz, and The Rude Mechanicals Theatre Company, among others.

Gavin has headed vocational dance high school programs in New Jersey for more than 10 years and was named Teacher of the Year (2011–12) at the Union County Academy for Performing Arts. She taught for four summers in Switzerland, and has choreographed productions for the innovative theater program at Urban Stages, New York City. She has also taught modern and jazz at The College of St. Elizabeth. She is a part-time lecturer at Mason Gross School of the Arts.