Flight Path Dance Project is a tuition-free repertory training program for NYC dancers age 14-20.
Flight Path dancers practice traditional and contemporary techniques, and perform diverse repertory from guest choreographers. View the full list of guest choreographers, including biographies, below.
Beyond the studio, dancers engage in professional development workshops and experiences (including business skills, injury prevention and management, financial literacy, meditation and wellness, professional interfacing, and performance outings), as well as an arts literacy initiative, providing a new book each month (including artist biographies, science and anatomy texts, poetry, critical nonfiction, and more), all in an effort to prepare our dancers for the whole of a career in the performing arts.
Flight Path Dance Project launched in September 2019. In four seasons, we have served over 30 young dancers from across New York City and are continuing to grow.
staff & board.
Founder & Artistic Director
Michael McGowan began his dance training at his mother’s dance studio in Clarksburg, WV and graduated from the Harid Conservatory of Dance in Boca Raton, FL. Michael was a member of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago where he toured the world performing the works of Twyla Tharp, Bob Fosse, Daniel Ezralow and Margo Sappington, among others. He was a guest artist of River North Dance Chicago under the artistic direction of Sherry Zunker, and appeared in a documentary about the company titled Reality of a Dreamer. Michael is forever grateful to his Chicago dance family, especially Lou Conte, Sherry Zunker, and the late Claire Bataille, for inspiring him to continue the legacy of artistic mentorship. Michael was the founder and Artistic Director of Kitchen Sink Dance Company and continued his teaching and choreography at the Spence School in NYC, where he was the Chair of the Performing Arts Department and director of the dance program for fourteen years. Michael was awarded a choreographic residency with the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming, and his work there ultimately led to the development of Flight Path Dance Project. Michael lives in NYC with his husband Steven Lutvak, who composed the music and co-authored the lyrics for the Tony Award-winning Best Musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, and their daughter Eliot Rose. (Watch Michael's piece "First, Second and the Third" here.)
Sean McCabe is a writer and educator originally from Ottawa, Canada. Sean holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from New York University’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program (2018) as well as a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University in Canada. He specializes in curriculum development, grant writing, and business & development. He has worked for Flight Path since 2018.
Janice Sands, President
LeeAna Wolfman, Vice-President
Sylvie Scowcroft, Treasurer
Ginger Norman, Secretary
Charles Wally Munro
Flight Path Dance Project is committed to anti-racism. We are engaging in a process of prioritizing anti-racism work in order to build a more equitable organization. We stand with the Black Lives Matter movement to acknowledge and dismantle systemic racism in all its forms.
The work that we do around anti-racism is and will be reflected across all aspects of the program, from Board development to repertory selection to the guest artists and professionals we employ, in order to better represent the diverse experiences of the young dancers we are training and our community at large.
Dance is a transformative change agent, and it is our responsibility as dancers, dance makers, and arts administrators to use that power for progress. We are committed to creating repertory that allows our dancers to express the full range of self, challenge the traditions of concert dance, and expand the minds of our audience.