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The lineage of MB professionals is diverse. From faculty who trained with founder Leona Norman…to dancers from around the world who retire from the stage to teach here with us…to actors and musicians…to staff from the worlds of film, fashion, and education…to a board of engaged alumni, parents, and business professionals…all are dedicated to Marin Ballet’s mission of excellent classical ballet training and promoting the art of dance.

We are proud of how our community has come together during
challenging times to connect, support, and create.

Executive Director Lawrence Ewing has been at Marin Ballet’s helm for over 15 years.  Working closely the Artistic Director Cynthia Lucas, Lawrence leads all aspects of the organization’s mission fulfillment, working closely with board and artistic leadership on strategic initiatives, financial stewardship, institutional marketing and fundraising, board development, facility /asset management, professional development/HR, and artistic programming.  His 29 years as a Principal Performer with Lamplighters Music Theatre in the Bay Area enriches his longtime advocacy for arts education.
Lawrence Ewing
Executive Director

Marin Ballet is truly a jewel of our community, a distinctive and critical part of the cultural fabric of Marin County.

Cynthia Lucas, Artistic Director and MB Alumna trained with founder Leona Norman before embarking on a 26-year career with the National Ballet of Canada.  Upon retirement, Ms. Lucas returned home to MB.  She has directed two originals works by Julia Adam, created a partnership with the The Balanchine Trust, and ongoing collaborations with numerous visiting choreographers.  Her vision for classical ballet training and promoting the art of dance have now expanded to include virtual training platforms and programs.
Cynthia Lucas
Artistic Director

“The work in the studio is a process of discovery that’s personal for each student at every age.  I am inspired by the journey.”

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Julia Adam

Julia Adam
Faculty

“As a teacher I am ever-evolving.  That is the beauty of teaching children; you get to grow with them and because of them.”

Catherine Hader

A graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School, Catherine began her professional career with The National Ballet of Canada under Artistic Director Erik Bruhn. She went on to a successful commercial/film career in Los Angeles that includes five film industry awards as Co-Producer of the dance documentary An Impossible Dream.  In 2013, she joined the dance faculty at Arizona School for the Arts and The School of Ballet Arizona and is also a certified yoga instructor.  This is Catherine’s second year with Marin Ballet.
Catherine Hader
Artistic Coordinator / Intermediate Ballet Faculty

Sandra Jennings

Sandra Jennings
Advanced Ballet Faculty

“Collaborating with Cynthia to bring Mr. B’s dance to these young dancers is a gift.”

Christina Johnson

Christina Johnson

Christina Johnson quote

“I strive with a compassionate heart to share with my students a love of ballet nurtured from my own dance experience.”

Corinne Jonas

Corinne Jonas received her training at Marin Ballet and danced professionally with Houston Ballet and Diablo Ballet.  Ms. Jonas performed principal and soloist roles in many classical and Balanchine ballets, contemporary works and Broadway works.  She directed Berkeley Ballet Theater until joining Marin Ballet’s faculty in 2006.
Corinne Jonas
Intermediate Ballet Faculty
DAVE KATO

“I try to motivate working at a high effort level every day…to exploit strengths and attack weakness. This means staying on specific areas of technique for longer periods of time.”

Dave Kato

David Kato trained at Marin Ballet and holds a B.A. in Dance from Dominican University.  He danced professionally with Empire State Ballet in New York and has danced as a Guest Artist with many Bay Area companies including Oakland Ballet, Western Ballet, Berkeley Ballet Theater, and Margaret Wingrove Dance Company.  He has taught technique, pas de deux, and boys’ training in schools throughout the Bay Area, and joined the MB faculty in 2003.
Dave Kato
Boys Training Faculty

Laurie Klein

Laurie Klein
Beginning Ballet Faculty

“I feel privileged to teach these wonderful children and be a part of their lives, no matter how long or short the time they study ballet.”

Laurie Klein

Katie Meyers

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Contemporary Ballet + Culture & Community

Katie Meyers

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Laura Skapik
Pre-Ballet / Ballet Prep Faculty

“May we continue to use this time to turn our focus inward from the safety of our homes, and in turn allow ourselves to be more generous with our art than ever before.”

Casey Lee Thorne

Dancer, educator, choreographer, and scholar, Thorne trained with  American Repertory Ballet’s Princeton Ballet School, Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA Program, and received her MFA in Dance Studies from Mills College in 2018. Casey is the Artistic Director of Inside Out Contemporary Ballet, a Fulbright Israel Fellow, and served as Assistant Professor of Dance at Southern Utah University 2019-2020. She is thrilled to have served Marin Ballet since 2012.
Casey Lee Thorne
Contemporary Ballet + Culture & Community

Daniela Aleco-Sima
Michael McCarty
Timothy K. Murphy

Lawrence Ewing, Executive Director
Taylor Altieri
Stephanie Taubert
Rowan Williams
Connie Zabokrtsky

Haley Tone, Board Chair
Angie Hisanaga, Vice Chair
Kathryn Hansen, Treasurer
Louise Lo, Secretary
Sandra Dayco-Coray
Irina Drazien
Jennifer Henerlau