A native of Northwest Arkansas, Mariah began her classical ballet studies at the age of seven under the instruction of Ms. Peggie Wallis, a Registered Teacher of London's Royal Academy of Dance for almost 70 years. During Mariah's years of study, she has been cast in numerous productions including The Nutcracker (Sugar Plum Fairy, Dew Drop Fairy, Snow), Carnival of the Animals, The Sleeping Beauty (Lilac Fairy), Cinderella (young Cinderella), The Tales of Mother Goose, Lord of the Dance, Leap of Faith, Let the Roses Bloom, as well as performing for the Federation of Music at The Clinton Presidential Library. She also toured the state with The Singing Men of Arkansas for four years.
This is Mariah’s sixth year with NWA Ballet Theatre and she has performed as soloist for many productions. In her career she has received Gold and Gold with Distinction medals from American Academy of Ballet Performance Awards adjudicated by Ms. Mignon Furman, has achieved all five of London's Royal Academy of Dance examinations with High Merits and Distinctions and qualified for the Genee International.She participated in four workshops in order to train under the tutelage of Mr. Philip Pegler, Master Teacher, Royal Academy of Dance Vocational Examiner and faculty member of the Elmhurst School of Dance, the official school of the Birmingham Royal Ballet in England. She has also participated in workshops under the direction of Amy Kessler, Lindsay Chambers, and Ballet Austin. Mariah has traveled to Atlanta to train with Sarah Haslock-Johnson and Atlanta Ballet's former lead dancers, Mr. Christian Clark and Mr. Jacob Bush, as well as award-winning modern dance instructors Lloyd Whitmore and Melissa Joy. She has especially enjoyed studying under Lynn Wallis , Artistic Director of The Royal Academy of Dance. Some of her favorite classes have been under the instruction of Micheal Bearden of Oklahoma University and former Ballet West lead dancer, as well as Wendy Whelan, former principal with New York City Ballet. In 2014, Mariah completed The Certificate of Ballet Teaching Studies program through London’s Royal Academy and has achieved Registered Teacher status. As co-owner of The NWA Conservatory of Classical Ballet, Mariah hopes to pass along her love of dance to students of all ages so they may help preserve this classical art form.
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