Margaret King

Margaret King, Ballet Mistress, received her early ballet training from Ballet Arts School of Dance under her mother Cathleen Huling in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She studied dance at Western Michigan University from 1998-2000 and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ballet in 2004 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 before joining Ballet Quad Cities in 2004.
 
Prior to being appointed ballet mistress of Ballet Quad Cities in 2011, Margaret performed in over 30 original ballets at Ballet Quad Cities including Deanna Carter’s Dracula, Carmen, and I Vampire, Courtney Lyon’s The Nutcracker, Rite of Spring, and Sleeping Beauty and choreographic works by Dominic Walsh, Domingo Rubio, Simone Ferro, Cleo Mack and Ellie Lazar.  Her own choreography for Ballet Quad Cities include Swinging On the Moon(2015), Eine Kleine Nachtmusik(2014), Black Coffee(2013) and Configurations(2008). Most recently, Margaret premiered her ballet Rodeo with Orchestra Iowa in the spring of 2017.
 
Since retiring from the stage in 2014, Margaret has served as outreach coordinator for Ballet Quad Cities’ community outreach and educational programs, presenting Dance Me a Story: Exploring Literature through Ballet to public schools, libraries, community centers, and senior centers across the region. For the past three years, she has lead DREAMS Achieved Through Dance, a year-round movement-based program for Illinois students at Rock Island Academy and Denkmann Elementary schools and has lead BQC’s Dance with the Stars dance enrichment programs with Frances Willard Elementary in Rock Island IL.  From 2010-2015, Margaret was lead dance artist for Quad City Arts’ Metro Arts Summer Youth Employment Program, a partnership between Quad City Arts and Ballet Quad Cities.
 
Margaret has been on faculty at Ballet Quad Cities School of Dance since 2004 teaching ballet, modern dance, and composition and currently serves on the Quad City Arts’ Community Arts Committee. In 2013 Margaret received the Llyod Schoeneman Community Impact Award for Arts Educator of the Year for her work with Quad Cities’ area youth.