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Mary LeGere, RSB Director, Artistic Director, Raleigh Dance Theatre

Mary LeGere began dance training at nine.  At 17 she was awarded a scholarship to study at the School of the Pennsylvania Ballet.  In 1982 she joined the Pennsylvania Ballet, and became a soloist in 1986.  Her studies included work with Benjamin Harkavy and Lupe Serrano.  Working under the Artistic Direction of Benjamin Harkavy and later Robert Weiss her roles included soloist and principle roles in many Balanchine ballets including Symphony In C, Tarantella, Steadfast Tin Solider, and Concerto Barocco, as well as Sugar Plum Fairy and Dew Drop in The Nutcracker.  Additionally she worked with choreographers Lynn Taylor Corbett, Merce Cunningham, Peter Martins and Paul Taylor.  Ms. LeGere joined the faculty of RSB in 1990, and served as Artistic Director of Carolina Ballet during its transition to a professional company.  Currently as Artistic Director of Raleigh Dance Theatre, Raleigh School of Ballet’s affiliate performance company, she oversees, along with Megan Marvel, the students’ performance training.  She recently was honored with the 2006-07 North Carolina Dance Alliance Annual Award. This award honors individuals who have made a significant life time contributions to the growth and development of dance NC.