Meet Marel Eager: A Ballet Luminary Shaping Dance Education with Expertise and Passion
After earning her BA in Dance from Butler University in Indianapolis in 1973, Marel Eager embarked on a remarkable journey in the world of ballet. Butler Ballet and the Evanston Concert Ballet, markeinception of her vibrant dance career. In 1977, Marel’s teaching journey commenced at the School of the Minnesota Dance Theatre, a path she continued to tread when she joined Halifax Dance in 1980. Her instructional repertoire encompassed ballet, pointe, and character dance.
Marel’s commitment to the art of ballet transcended teaching as she assumed roles of significance within Halifax Dance, contributing both administratively and artistically. Notably, she attained Associate status with the Society of Russian Ballet and diligently examined students in the Vaganova Technique from 1985 to 2016. Her extensive involvement extended to being a founding faculty member of Dance Nova Scotia‘s (DANS) Summer Dance Camp, and she dedicated four years to the Dance Nova Scotia Board of Directors.
Marel received accolades such as the DANS Recognition of Service Award and the esteemed Halifax Dance Award of Distinction. Her true passion lies in introducing the enchanting world of ballet to adult dancers, equipping them with a strong foundation in proper alignment and technique. Marel’s teaching methodology embraces a kinesthetic approach rooted in the work of Irene Dowd, a practice she has honed since the early 1980s. Her commitment to ongoing professional growth is evident through her participation in various internationally recognized teacher training courses.