Marlee Bailey, originally from Wichita, Kansas, began her training with the Metropolitan Ballet of Wichita. She trained and performed for ten seasons with the company. Since then, she has graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a Bachelor in Fine Arts from the Conservatory of Music and Dance. While attending the Conservatory, Marlee had the opportunity to perform works by some of the most sought after choreographers; such as DeAnna Hiett, James Jordan, Sabrina Madison-Cannon, Jennifer Medina and Joshua Beamish. She has had the privilege to train under Jillana Kelly, Maria Tallchief, Allegra Kent, Merrill Ashley, Rodney Williams, Tracy Inman, Troy Powell, Paula Webber, Mary-Pat Henry, Wendy Rubin, as well as the Alvin Ailey School.
After receiving her BFA she joined a Canadian contemporary ballet company, MOVE: the Company. During her residency in Canada, she had the privilege of choreographing for some of the elite dance academies in the Vancouver, BC area; Richmond Dance Academy, Vanleena, and Perform Art Studios. Marlee also taught on the MOVE: the Company Convention tour. In 2011, Marlee had the pleasure of performing in front of the Thai Royal family for Bangkok’s 13th Annual International Festival of Music and Dance. Marlee has been recognized for her choreography nationally and internationally, and has been asked to work with many different artistic groups. She has had the pleasure of performing with Quixotic Dance Fusion, Metropolitan Ballet of Topeka, Erin Muenks, Elaine-Kimble Peaks and MOVE: the Company. Most recently Marlee traveled to Asheville, North Carolina to perform Lauren Thompson’s “Downtown Replay” in the Fringe Festival. Marlee is currently working in the Kansas City metropolitan area as a Ballet and Modern instructor. After her assistant directorship with a competitive program in Overland Park, she has accepted a master choreographer position with Kaleidoscope Dance Academy in Bentonville, Arkansas. She has had the pleasure of teaching, guest teaching, directing and judging across the US and Canada. In the past year she has judged with Talent on Parade, Triumph National Talent, The Edge, and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Marlee received her Masters in Social Work and is currently working on integrating her two passions of social services and dance movement therapy. Marlee loves sharing her passion for the arts and sparking interest in all creative outlets.