Central Illinois Ballet Company Members
Central Illinois Ballet
Marie Ritschard, born in Wiesbaden, Germany, grew up in eleven countries and states as she travelled with her Air Force family. She began her training in England and continued at Montgomery Ballet, Misawa Unique Ballet, Pasadena Dance Theatre, and Dayton Ballet among others. She moved to Indiana to study Dance Pedagogy and Pre-Physical Therapy at Butler University. After graduating, she danced with the Louisville Ballet Studio Company, where she had the opportunity to perform some of her all time favorite roles in Val Caniparoli’s production of The Nutcracker, Balanchine’s Serenade, and Ronald Hynd’s Merry Widow. Since joining CIB, Marie’s favorite roles have included Dew Drop in The Nutcracker, Ariella in The Little Mermaid, and Cosette in Les Misérables. Marie is thrilled to be dancing her fourth season with Central Illinois Ballet!