Mary LeGere, Artistic Director
A native of Rotterdamn, NY, Ms LeGere began her ballet training at age 9. In 1976 she won a scholarship to the school of the Pennsylvania Ballet where she studied with Barbara Weisburger, Benjamin Harkavy, and Lupe Serrano. In 1980 she joined the company and in 1986 was promoted to soloist. While with the Pennsylvania Ballet, she danced principal roles in Balanchine’s Nutcracker, Serenade, Stars and Stripes, Four Temperaments, and Concerto Barocco. In addition, she was featured in works by Paul Taylor, Merce Cunningham, Lynn Taylor Corbett, Robert Weiss and Peter Martins.
In 1990 she retired with an acclaimed performance of Myrta in Giselle. After moving to North Carolina with her husband, Ms LeGere became Associate Director of the Raleigh Dance Theatre in 1992, and became Artistic Director in 1994 when Raleigh Dance Theatre founder Ann Vorus resigned to concentrate her energies directing The Raleigh School of Ballet. It was under Ms LeGere’s tenure that the company changed its name to Carolina Ballet and reached the final step in becoming a professional ballet company. Choosing to no longer direct Carolina Ballet, Ms. LeGere is once again directing the reestablished Raleigh Dance Theatre, where she continues to uphold the tradition of high standards and excellence. Ms. LeGere has choreographed several works for Raleigh Dance Theatre that have been chosen to be performed at the RDA/SERBA annual festival. She was honored with the 2006-2007 North Carolina Dance Alliance Annual Award. This prestigious award honors individuals who have made significant life time contributions to the growth and development of dance in NC. Ms LeGere lives in Durham with her husband and two children.
Megan Marvel, Associate Director
Megan Marvel grew up in Raleigh and trained at The Raleigh School of Ballet. She was a member of the Raleigh Dance Theatre under the direction of Ann Vorus until moving to Pittsburgh at sixteen to study with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School-Schenley High School Program. Ms. Marvel returned to Raleigh and attended NC State University, obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 1998. She received a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Degree from NCSU in 2004, focusing on psychological motivations of choreography and dance design. While at NCSU, she was a member of the NCSU Dance Company under the direction of Robin Harris and began teaching at the Raleigh School of Ballet. Ms. Marvel served as the Assistant Director of the NC State Dance Program from 2001-2006. She has continued to perform and choreograph for the NCSU Dance Company and Robin Harris since 1994. Ms. Marvel’s choreographic work has been performed by Meredith College Dance Theatre, and RDT has performed her work two times in SERBA’s Emerging Artists Programs. Ms. Marvel joined Ms. LeGere as Associate Director of RDT in 2006. She is also a massage therapist and owns Natural Marvels Massage Therapy in Apex, where she lives with her husband, Rob Cranfill, and their daughter, Jacqueline.