Margaret King

Margaret, Ballet Mistress and former dancer with Ballet Quad Cities, received her early ballet training from Ballet Arts School of Dance under her mother Cathleen Huling in Kalamazoo, Michigan. While in high school, Margaret studied dance at Western Michigan University from 1998-2000 and in 2004 graduated from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. While attending CCM, Margaret was chosen by former Dayton Ballet Director Dermot Burke to perform with his company in their 2003 production of Stephen Mill's A Midsummer Night's Dream and Septime Webre's Peter Pan in 2004.

 

Margaret joined Ballet Quad Cities as a dancer in 2004 and has performed in original works by choreographers Courtney Lyon, Deanna Carter, Domingo Rubio, Dominic Walsh, Simone Ferro and Elie Lazar. Some of Margaret's featured roles include Tahilah in Elie Lazar's Tahilah, Tatiana in Deanna Carter's I Vampire, Carmen in Deanna Carter's Carmen, Black Swan Pas de Deux, Arabian Pas de Deux in Courtney Lyon's The Nutcracker and the Good Fairy of the Forest in Courtney Lyon's Sleeping Beauty. Margaret was co-director of Ballet Quad Cities II from 2008-2010 and in 2011, was appointed Ballet Mistress of Ballet Quad Cities.

 

Margaret's choreography for Ballet Quad Cities includes Swinging On the Moon(2015), Eine Kleine Nachtmusik(2014), Black Coffee(2013) and Configurations(2008). This season, Mrs. King will be premiering Aaron Copland's Rodeo with Ballet Quad Cities and Orchestra Iowa. Margaret is an active participant in Ballet Quad Cities community outreach and educational programs. She was Program Director for Dance with the Stars, a month-long dance enrichment program with Frances Willard Elementary of Rock Island in 2012 & 2013. Margaret continues as program director for Ballet Quad Cities Dance Me a Story: Exploring Literature through Ballet project reaching out to local libraries, youth programs, and senior centers. For two years, she has lead BQC's year round movement based program for students of The Rock Island Academy and Denkmann Elementary schools in Illinois called DREAMS Achieved Through Dance. From 2010-2015, she has acted as lead dance artist for Quad City Arts Metro Arts Summer Youth Employment Program, a partnership between Quad City Arts and Ballet Quad Cities.

 

Margaret is a ballet and modern instructor for Ballet Quad Cities School of dance since 2004 and performance director for the school productions in 2012-2014. In 2013, Margaret received the Llyod Schoeneman Community Impact Award for Arts Educator of the Year.