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 renowed Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton Florida with full-tuition scholarship. While at Harid, Marie received the dance study award and the Jeannot Cerrone award for excellence in dance performance. Marie has also studied at the Ellison Ballet Professional Training Program in New York City. In 2016, Marie joined Colorado Ballet’s studio company and performed roles in Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Serenade, Firebird, The Little Mermaid, Michael Pink’s Dracula and Derek Dean’s Romeo and Juliet. Marie was honored to perform Serenade with Colorado Ballet at Vail International Dance Festival in 2017. This is Marie’s first season with American Repertory Ballet. Marie enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
With ARB: 2018
Hometown: Champaign, Illinois