Artistic Director and Choreographer

Marie Chong is an accomplished dancer, director, teacher, and choreographer who has worked in Europe, Asia, Canada, and the US. After her work as a professional dancer in both classical ballet and contemporary dance with companies such as Pacific Northwest Ballet, Eugene Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, and Spectrum Dance Theater, Chong founded ARC Dance Productions in Seattle in 1999 and opened the School in 2004. She was the Director of Cirque du Soleil’s big top touring show KOOZA in Japan and the US and has integrated new artists into additional Cirque du Soleil’s shows at its headquarters in Montreal. She has also worked with Walt Disney Theatricals as a teaching artist.

Chong is an active choreographer, teacher, mentor, and movement coach. Her choreography has been critically acclaimed, and she continues to work within the entertainment industry. From 2019-2022 she was bicoastal, working between Seattle as Artistic Director of ARC Dance Company and New York as Rehearsal Director for Dance Theatre of Harlem.


Technical/Lighting Director

Marc McCartney is the District Theater Coordinator for Shoreline School District. He has acted as Theater Manager and Technical Director at Shorecrest Performing Arts Center and Shorewood Performing Arts Center in Shoreline, WA since 1999. He joined the staff of ARC Dance in 2001 as the Technical Director and in 2003 began designing lighting for ARC.


Stage Manager

Tae Thomas has worked for several years in the greater Seattle theater community as a stage manager and prop master. She is currently the Theater Manager for Eastlake Performing Arts Center in Sammamish, WA. She joined the staff of ARC Dance in 2001.


  • President:  Renita Warn
  • Vice President: Kirk Midtskog
  • Secretary/Treasurer:  Seng Chong
  • Members:  Margie Teman, Jeff Minzel
  • Artistic Director:  Marie Chong


  • Carl Ratcliff
  • Gérard Théorét
  • Julie Tobiason
  • Wen Wei Wang