Megan Marvel, Artistic Director
Megan Marvel grew up in Raleigh and trained at The Raleigh School of Ballet and was a member of Raleigh Dance Theatre. She studied at NC State University where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Degree focusing on Choreography and Dance Design. She served as the Assistant Director of the NC State Dance Program from 2000-2006. Ms. Marvel joined The Raleigh School of Ballet’s faculty in 1997 and served as RDT’s Administrative Assistant from 1997-2006. She became Associate Director of RDT in 2006 and was named Artistic Director in June 2021.
Ms Marvel lives in Apex with her husband, Rob Cranfill and daughter, Jacqueline. She owns Natural Marvels Massage Therapy and Living Marvelously Wellness and works as a licensed massage therapist, wellness coach, and ACE certified personal trainer. This work outside of RDT/RSB influences her philosophy of training well-rounded, grounded, healthy dancers who are ready to step out into the world in whatever capacity they choose with strength and grace.
Hong Yang, Artistic Advisor
Hong Yang is originally from Beijing, China where she studied dance at the school of the Beijing Dance Academy graduating in 1995. She joined the National Ballet of China and was a principal dancer there before going to Toronto, Canada where she danced with Ballet Jörgen Canada. In 2002 she joined Carolina Ballet as a soloist. Ms Yang’s repertoire is extensive. Along with being featured in many ballets by Robert Weiss, she performed choreography by George Balanchine including, Apollo, Allegro Brilliante, Concerto Barocco and The Four Temperaments; Lynn Taylor Corbett including Carmina Burana, Great Galloping Gottschaulk, and Carolina Jamboree, and Jose Limon including Moor’s Pavane. She also performed works by Dameon Woetzel, Christopher Wheeldon and Tyler Walters. She retired in 2011 with a performance of Tatiana in Balanchine’s A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream. Since then she has been passing on her knowledge and love of dance through teaching.
Ms. Yang was named School Director of The Raleigh School of Ballet and Artistic Advisor of Raleigh Dance Theatre in June 2021.
Layla El-Khoury, Administrative and Artistic Coordinator
Layla El-Khoury received her training at The Raleigh School of Ballet where she graduated from the Professional Division Program in 2015. She was also a member of the school’s affiliate performance training company Raleigh Dance Theatre for six years. She attended summer intensives with Atlanta Ballet, Charlotte Ballet and Alonzo King Lines Ballet. Ms. El-Khoury continued her training in ballet and contemporary dance at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance training with Peter Sparling, Bill DeYoung, Amy Chavasse and Judy Rice. With her growing interest in choreography, she attended the Glenda Brown Choreography Project for two years working with Leslie Jane Pessemier. Ms. El-Khoury received her young children’s ballet teacher training under RSB faculty members Kathryn Daniel and Christine Grider.
Ms. El-Khoury joined the RSB summer faculty in 2018 teaching advanced modern and composition. We are pleased to welcome her to The Raleigh School of Ballet’s Young Children’s faculty. She was named Administrative and Artistic Coordinator in June 2021.
Mary LeGere, Artistic Director Emerita
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.
Ms LeGere retired in June 2021 and is pleased to continue to continue to create and rehearse ballet for RDT.