— Owner, Artistic Director, Production Director
Owner, Artistic Director, Production Director
Born with the last name “arts” and passionate about dance for as long as she can remember, Marie Arts brings with her an extensive background in choreography and dance education. Marie has taught ballet, variations, modern, jazz, musical theater, acting, choreography composition and improvisation, for decades throughout the United States, for professionals and students, as well as having awarding winning national choreographer status.
Her past achievements include Ballet Mistress into being Artistic Director with Ballet Nouveau, a professional contemporary ballet company with a full season and large ballet academy in Colorado. Ballet Nouveau listed by Dance Magazine as the Top 10 Dance Companies to Watch under Marie Arts’ leadership. Marie directed and choreographed much of the company’s repertory including their Nutcracker Ballet, as well as create the season of performances, manage the guest choreographers and orchestrate the outreach programs.
Marie Arts was also the Owner and Artistic Director of Arts Academy of Dance outside of Chicago; and visiting Artistic Director with Dance Theater of Iowa where she produced and choreographed a full-length Nutcracker for their company and academy.
Marie was also a full time visiting assisting Professor of Dance with Northern Illinois University where Marie taught extensively in the 400 and 300 levels in the ballet and modern dance programs. Ms Arts also taught the theater department’s Musical Theater Comedy classes as well as choreographed in the Musical Theater Department at NIU. Marie also taught and choreographed for several American College Dance Festivals.
Marie has danced professionally with Louisville Ballet including “Scheherazade”, “Don Quixote”, “Romeo and Juliet"," Cinderella" under the artistic leadership of Allun Jones and Helen Starr. She also danced with Delta Festival Ballet in New Orleans including the ballet "Dracula"; Afterimages Modern Dance Company, and as a guest artist at the Saitama International Choreography Conference in Japan.
Previously to owning Del Mar Ballet in San Diego for 4 years, Marie had been teaching and choreographing throughout the Colorado area including Boulder Ballet, Classic Dance Academy, Kim Robards Dance Company and Actors Academy of the Performing Arts where she was the full-time choreographer and co-director for several musical theater productions.
Ms Arts was owner of Del Mar Ballet for 4 years, producing many full-length storyline ballets, as well as our popular Choreographers Showcases. She also had an Emerging Choreographers program where her students were recognized and won awards for their creative talents. Del Mar Ballet won 1st place, Best Dance Studio North Coast San Diego 2016 & 2017.
Marie is also thrilled to have had the opportunity to open Arts Dance Center in Shreveport, Louisiana where Arts Dance Center will be offering professional dance training for children, teen and adults, with professional quality performing opportunities.
Marie Arts is the proud Owner and Artistic Director of Pacific Arts Dance Center, Del Mar Ballet and Royal Academy of Performing Arts merging together to create a large dance enterprise in the San Diego area with gorgeous, innovative dance studios, becoming the top, premiere dance studio in the entire area.
Pacific Arts Dance Center won Best Dance Studio North Coast San Diego 2018 as well.