Mary Kate Sheehan is a modern and contemporary dance artist in both New York City and Europe, currently based in Athens, Greece. She is from San Diego, CA, where she trained in ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, pointe, theater, and hip hop at the Academy of Performing Arts under the direction of Kevin Patterson. She is also a highly-acclaimed champion Irish step dancer, trained by Liam Harney and Michelle Malone-Chiles. Mary Kate appeared as a semi-finalist on Season 8 of So You Think You Can Dance as an Irish dancer. She is a graduate of the Joffrey Ballet School Pre-Professional Trainee Program and holds a B. A. in Performing Arts with an Emphasis in Dance from St. Mary's College of California. Her professional training includes Hofesh Shechter, David Parsons, Ohad Naharin/Gaga, Shannon Gillen, and more.
Mary Kate performs with a number of acclaimed companies including Yvonne Rainer, KEIGWIN + COMPANY, and Seán Curran Company. She participates in many dance events around the world for other choreographers and companies, including Julia Ehrstrand/Ehrstrand Dance Collective, Tyler Gilstrap, Marlena Wolfe/the wolfe project, Darrah Carr Dance, Shelly Hutchinson, and The Windmill Factory. Mary Kate is the General Manager of Sidra Bell Dance New York.
Mary Kate is an accomplished teacher in the New York City area as well as internationally. She is modern and contemporary faculty at both STEPS on Broadway and Peridance Capezio Center. She has directed dance programs/curricula in Sweden, and she has taught and set choreography in Sweden, the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Greece, Taiwan, and South Africa in professional, pre-professional, and outreach settings.
Dancer with Yvonne Rainer in the Judson Dance Theater: The Work is Never Done exhibition at MoMA (NYC) and at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, Ireland performing Trio A, Talking Solo, Chair/Pillow, and more
Dancer with KEIGWIN + COMPANY in Vail Dance Festival: NYC ReMix (Damian Woetzel, Director) at New York City Center Theater
Dancer with Seán Curran Company in Opera Lafayette performances at the John F. Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center
Lead Dancer in Seán Curran's Bessie Award-Nominated Dingle Diwali
Co-choreographer for So You Think You Can Dance Ukraine (in collaboration with Shelly Hutchinson)
Ehrstrand Dance Collective performance at Pingtung Performing Arts Center, Taiwan (performed and presented choreography CARDS)
Guest Instructor at Balettakademien Stockholm & Balettakademien Göteborg