Director, Educator, 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 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.
In Seattle she has served on the faculty of the University of Washington, Cornish College of the Arts, Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Eugene Ballet School, Seattle Theater Group (STG) DANCE This, Spectrum Dance Theater, and many other schools in the area. She is a sought after Dance Educator and Coach, teaching and coaching for professional companies, schools, competitions (YAGP), and dancers of all ages around the world.
She holds certification in Pilates, Gyrotonic®, Gyrokinesis®, and is safety certified through USA Gymnastics and US Figure Skating. She is a Teacher with American Ballet Theater® , who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training in Primary through Level 5 of the American Ballet Theater® National Training Curriculum. And was a Teaching Artist for Disney Theatrical Group.
She is a member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, National Dance Education Organization, Dance Educators Association of Washington, Professional Skaters Association (PSA), US Figure Skating and USA Gymnastics.