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 career 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 associated School in 2004. She was the Artistic Assistant 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 been a teaching artist for Walt Disney Theatricals.

Chong is an active choreographer, teacher, mentor, and movement coach. Her choreography has been critically acclaimed, and she remains  active within the concert dance and entertainment industry. From 2019 – 2022, Chong worked on both the west and east coasts: in Seattle as Artistic Director of ARC, and in New York as Rehearsal Director for Dance Theatre of Harlem under the Artistic Direction of Virginia Johnson.


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

Tait Thomas has worked for several years in the greater Seattle theater community as a stage manager and prop master. He is currently the Theater Manager for Eastlake Performing Arts Center in Sammamish, WA. He 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