Marnie Price saw her first ballet when she was 3 years old and immediately expressed her interest. Finally, at age 6, Marnie enrolled at Portland School of Ballet in Maine. She received additional training at Boston Ballet School, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, The Rock School in Philadelphia and The School of American Ballet (New York City Ballet’s school for 4 consecutive summers).
Marnie’s family moved to Winston Salem, North Carolina, so she could further her ballet training and gain more performing experience, while mixing academics into her rigorous schedule at University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She attended from grades 7-12.
After graduating, she went on to perform with the Pennsylvania Ballet in such ballets as The Nutcracker, Concerto in Three Movements, A Mid Summers Night Dream, Donizetti Variations, Swan Lake and Concerto Barocco. This was where Marnie was first asked to teach a ballet class and quickly fell in love with the notion of being able to bring joy versus boredom into the ballet classroom.
Marnie’s teaching led her back to North Carolina, where she has taught ballet for over 30 years at such schools and companies as: Wake Forest University, The Charlotte Ballet, ExtravaDance and Tumble (She was Miss Erica’s ballet teacher!), High Point Ballet, and Sandhills Dance and Performing Arts Academy in Pinehurst. She was a Principal dancer with the latter two companies for several years, as well as co-producer for Sandhills bi-annual performances.
Marnie has choreographed and produced mini ballets such as: The Nutcracker, Snow White, The Western, Cinderella, Gaîté Parisienne, Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, La Boutique Fantasque, Alice in Wonderland and Firebird. She also won the teacher division for a pointe solo during a Showstopper dance competition and was recruited by the owner, Debbie Roberts, to teach ballet at her then, Archdale, North Carolina, dance studio.
Marnie’s other accomplishments include a BA in Liberal Studies from UNC Greensboro, being a certified Yoga instructor, judging for Applause dance competitions and choreographing award-winning pieces for North Carolina pageants.
Her greatest achievement, however, is her family, daughter-Selena, son-Luca and supportive husband, Kevin.