Norway native honored in national publication
By TERRI CASTELAZ
NORWAY – A former Norway resident has made the cover of a monthly national dance magazine.
Bethany Marc-Aurele, an American Ballet Theater (ABT) certified teacher, was featured in the February issue of Dance Teacher. The issue highlighted nine studio owners who where under the age of 40.
Marc-Aurele is a teacher at Hudson Dance & Movement in Hoboken, N.J., which opened in 2007. She currently has 256 students.
She is the daughter of Bernadette Brown of Norway and the granddaughter of June Brown of Hamilton Lakes.
She attended Norway-Vulcan School District and started her dance career at Donna’s School of Dance and Northern Michigan Dance.
“I was young when I met my husband and now we have three girls: 8, 5 and 9 months old,” she told Dance Teacher magazine. “People ask how I do it, and I just don’t think about it. Dance is as much of a passion of mine as raising my family. I hope it gives my girls a strong work ethic and teaches them that they can achieve anything they want, if they put the work into it. It’s challenging at times to find the balance between work and family, but it’s good for them to see that they will be able to do it, too, if they want.”
Marc-Aurele, artistic director/head of ballet program at Hudson, began her foundational ballet training at the North Carolina School of the Arts and Central Wisconsin School of Ballet. At these locations Mellissa Hayden, Fanchon Cordel, Nina Danilova, Dianne Markham, Frank Smith and Waltraud Kar Kar trained her extensively in the essentials of ballet.
Recognizing her potential, the Alvin Ailey School in New York City, accepted her into their program as a full scholarship student to work under the direction of Judith Jamison.
She went on to perform with several companies including Ballet Chicago, North Shore Ballet, Alvin Ailey Youth, Amelie Dance Theater and in several off-Broadway shows in New York City.
Marc-Aurele successfully completed the American Ballet Theater teacher training intensive in primary through level III of the ABT National Training Curriculum.
She is passionate about early childhood dance education and continues her teacher training at the Vancouver Junior Professional Division in British Columbia, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in Carlisle Pennsylvania and the American Ballet Theater.
“In 2010, I started a junior professional company for students ages 5 and older,” she said. “They must (though usually they want to) come multiple days per week, which is expensive. But I refuse to turn children away, especially if they show potential, so I started to personally fund a scholarship program. Seeing that I could only do that for so many years, this year I started a nonprofit, which I’ve learned is a huge undertaking. There’s so much paperwork, and after you get the status and build the foundation, you have to find money and people to donate. It’s not an easy time right now; you have to find people who are really passionate about programs like this.”
Marc-Aurele has choreographed, coached, adjudicated, and overseen classical and multi-disciplinary curriculums both nationally and internationally.
“We used to be in a basement down the street, but as we grew, the space didn’t hold everyone,” she told Dance Teacher magazine. “Either I had to become a very exclusive school by auditioning kids and not accepting as many, or take the plunge and pay more rent for a bigger space. Now, we have three studios, but it’s still not as advantageous as being in the suburbs and finding a warehouse. My main goal is education, so I don’t want to throw a lot of students in a class just to make money. I only allow eight kids per class, with two teachers in each class.”
Marc-Aurele also has leading credits in many independent movies and was nominated as best actress for her work in “Cupidity” directed by John Gallagher at the 2004 New York Film Festival.
Terri Castelaz’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.