International choreographer teaches master classes at TROY

Posted: Thursday, 24 March 2011

TROY—Internationally acclaimed choreographer Marlise McCormick has been sharing her experiences with Dance and Theatre students at Troy University.

A Canadian, McCormick, whose 25-year career in choreography, movement and show design has led her to the world’s stage in the United States, Europe, the United Kingdom and the Middle East, has taught four master classes for dance and four master classes in theatre in movement technique and stage warm up.

McCormick began her career as a dancer and choreographer at Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal after completing a music degree at the University of Ottawa. She has taken additional training at New York City’s Alvin Aliey Dance School, the Limon Institute and has studied with Lynn Simonson. Her credits include choreographing and serving as assistant to the artistic director for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Canada; was assistant director of choreography for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada; and served as artistic director for the 2010 Canada Day Celebrations.

In addition, she choreographed Cirque du Soleil’s first Las Vegas, Nev. show, “La Nouvelle Experience” and continues to serve as a talent scout for the organization.

Finally diagnosed by a psychiatrist in 1982, Duke recalled feeling hope that her symptoms could finally be controlled.

“Thank God, was my response,” Duke said. “It has a name! And if it has a name, then other people know about it … and better yet it has a treatment.”

Her production credits include “Café Diablo” (Holland), and Canadian shows “The Necklace,” “The Number 14,” “Grease,” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

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Canadian choreographer and movement director Marlise McCormick works with dance students at Troy University earlier this week. McCormick, whose credits include the opening and closing shows of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and Cirque du Soleil, presented master classes in both dance and theater at TROY. (TROY photo/Clif Lusk)