About Ballet Magnificat!
The People of Ballet Magnificat!
School FacultyMarcie was born in Vicksburg, MS. She began training at age five with Debra Franco in Vicksburg and later with Lisa Howell at Ballet Mississippi in Jackson. She was a student teacher, choreographer, and she attended numerous advanced study workshops with artists such as Anna Fowler (Berlin Ballet Company), Eugene "Luigi" Louis, Joe Tremaine, Gus Giordana and Jo Rowan.
Marcie received a four-year ballet scholarship to the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Cum Laude) in Dance and French, and a Master of Arts in Education (GPA 4.0) in Exercise Physiology/Cardiac Rehabilitation. She attended the University of Strasbourg in Strasbourg, France where she completed a UAB International Studies Program. Marcie was named "Outstanding Undergraduate Student in UAB's Department of Theatre and Dance" for two years and "Outstanding Dance Major" by the National Dance Association.
At UAB, Marcie trained extensively with Stevan Grebel, Melanie Grebel, and Marcus Alford.
She performed with UAB Ballet for seven years and BAD & Company (Ballet Against Drugs) for two years. Marcie danced many principal roles in her repertoire of more than twenty productions, including "Miss Sarah Lennox" in George III, A Mad King, "Esmeralda" in Esmeralda, "Cerrito" in Steps For Four, Plus One, and "Lost Child" in Ancient Voices Of Children.
Marcie was Principal Instructor for the UAB Youth Ballet and an instructor in the UAB Department of Theatre and Dance, Birmingham Dance Theatre, and Birmingham Ballet Academy. She choreographed and directed two original productions at UAB, designed costumes, and has choreographed numerous ballet, jazz, tap, and acrobatic pieces.
In 1997, Marcie returned to Mississippi. Her love for the Lord and desire to share her talent with young dancers led her to join the ministry of Ballet Magnificat!, where she has the privilege of nurturing the hearts and talents of even the youngest of our precious students.