There was a nice article about Meaghan and our Nutcracker! You can still view it online here.
Meaghan was just five-year-old when she first met Jessica Wilson.
Meaghan Doherty, a Sudbury native and eternal Red Sox fan, is returning to her hometown to perform as the Dew Drop Fairy in MetroWest Ballet’s Production of The Nutcracker on Nov.24 at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School.
Sudbury is her hometown and the place she began her dance training. Ballet Workshop New England, a now dissolved organization, had one of its first locations in an old school house at the corner of King Phillip Road and Massasoit Avenue. Meaghan began training there at the age of 4 with renowned teacher and directorJacqueline Cronsberg, and faculty Ellen Everett Kimiatek, Jessica Wilson, and Larissa Luvish-Trell.
Meaghan attended Haynes Elementary and Curtis Middle School. Following her graduation from Newton Country Day School, she attended Fordham University in New York City and graduated summa cum laude with bachelor’s degrees in International Studies and French Studies.
Throughout her schooling, Meaghan remained active in the world of dance. She continued her elite training at Ballet Workshop New England, and at the age14, she was invited to join Massachusetts Youth Ballet where she performed over fifteen works by Balanchine, Petipa, Bournonville, Fokine, and Perrot. She received additional training at Miami City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre.
Meaghan currently dances for Exit 12 Dance Company in New York City, and she also serves as the company’s Director of Strategic Communications and International Programs. Directed by US Marine Corps Sergeant Roman Baca, an Iraq war veteran, Exit 12 Dance Company has been recognized by CNN, NBC, the National Endowment for the Arts Quarterly Magazine, NPR’s All Things Considered, and has recently performed on the flight deck of the USS Intrepid, the James J. Peters VA Medical Center, and West Point Military Academy in New York.
Meaghan has herself appeared in several publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, and Newsweek’s The Daily Beast, and she has modeled for 1 Pointe Magazine. Though she denies her dancing days will ever be over, she aspires to work in governmental affairs in the future.
As for now, Meaghan will dance, and she is looking forward to performing as a guest artist with MetroWest Ballet. Its director, Jessica Wilson, explains, “I have known Meaghan a long time. First through my work at Ballet Workshop New England, and then I coached her when I served as a Ballet Mistress and later Artistic Associate of Massachusetts Youth Ballet.” As one of Ms. Wilson’s first students, Meaghan explains she is “elated to return to her hometown to work with MetroWest Ballet.” Ms. Wilson says, “I am so lucky to be in this position. Twenty years ago I met a wonderful little girl. It has been wonderful to see her grow and hear about her achievements. And now I get to have her back for a show! I’m so excited! I have a great job.”
Marie in the News!
A write up on Marie was in the paper along side a review of Alvin Ailey written by Iris Fanger. The company was in Boston (see a review here) and the paper mentioned the four local students currently training at Alvin Ailey training program.
Marie began training with Jessica Wilson at the age of six.
Olivia in the News!
Olivia has been doing some great things. She finished the training program at LINES Ballet, danced for Dawson/Wallace Dance Project, and now freelances in the awesome San Francisco dance scene. On top of all that, she has been selected to go to Biblioteca Do Corpo at the Vienna Dance Festival! Check out the festival here.
Olivia began training with Jessica Wilson at the age of nine.