Marie Tender was born in Deerborn Michigan, and raised in Champaign Illinois. She began dancing at the age of five, training with Champaign Ballet Academy under the direction of Deanna Doty. In 2010, Marie continued at the world-renowned Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton Florida, with a full-tuition scholarship. In 2016, Marie was awarded a contract with Colorado Ballet’s studio company, where she performed numerous roles in the company’s productions. Two years later, Marie joined American Repertory Ballet as a company member, where she performed a variety of soloist roles in classical and contemporary works. Upon joining the company, Marie also began teaching for the associated Princeton Ballet School, working with students of all ages from young children, to adults. In 2021, she went on to join Dayton Ballet, performing leading roles, and teaching advanced students at Dayton Ballet School. Marie is passionate about her students’ artistic growth, as well as their gains in confidence, focus, and professionalism. Most importantly, she wants her students to enjoy the process of building their skills in this challenging, and rewarding art form. Marie is excited to be teaching for New Albany Ballet Company this coming school year.