Marguerite McNeilly     

Founding Artistic director 

Ms. McNeilly trained under Peter Martins, Melissa Hayden, Mme Darvash, Mme. Brionsky, Edward Villella, Nanette Charisse, Gelsey Kirkland, Bobby Blankshine, Leo Danielli, Tom Adaire', Jaques D'Ambois, Mme Seda Sorvillo, Ben Harkavy, Chet Walker, Marcia Dale Weary, Martha Graham, Peter Anastos, Melinda Howe, Hilda Morales and Richard Cook. Ms. McNeilly performed as Clara with the Garden State Ballet Company under the direction of Peter Anastos , the following year she attended the international dance exchange held in Moscow Russia under the direction of the Bolshoi Ballet School. She then performed the roles of Sugar plum Fairy and the Snow Queen under the direction of Tom Adaire' at the Bardavon Opera House, at the age of 14. She has studied and performed the techniques of N.Y.C. Ballet with Peter Martins , and in performances at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. She was a featured soloist for 3 seasons at the Jacobs Pillow Dance festival, performing works by Ben Harkarvy with the American Ballet Theatre and with the Paul Taylor Dancers. Ms Mcneilly has performed and partnered with Joakim Svalberg and the Royal Swedish Ballet. Ms. McNeilly's classical repertoire includes Les Sylphides, Gisselle, Paquita, Swan Lake, Coppelia, A Circus Polka, Sleeping Beauty and the Nutcracker with the Eglevfsky Ballet. Marguerite danced with Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Company in soloist performances at age 16 . Her soloist performances including Coppelia, A Midsummers Night Dream and the Nutcracker at Hershy Park Arena. Marguerite has attended summer programs at the School of American Ballet. After receiving a B.F.A. from Emerson College Ms. McNeilly performed leading roles nationally and abroad in the European tour of Grease, she was Maggie in A Chorus Line, 2 seasons with Cats, West Side Story at the Virginia Opera House. She performed as Estelle in No Exit, Hair and Cabaret at the Majestic Theatre. She was the dance director of the Pajama Game with Leo Nicole and was featured as the Countess with Miguel Avilles in the nationally acclaimed broadway musical the Grand Hotel. Ms. McNeilly previously taught ballet and musical theatre at SUNY Purchase College, The Logrea Dance Academy and the Westchester Ballet Company. Ms McNeilly was the director of dance at West Point for six years before opening, what she is proud to call her school, The Hudson Valley Dance Center of Warwick. Ms. McNeilly resides in Warwick with her family.