Mary Kate Reynolds
Mary Kate Reynolds grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, where she started ballet at the Greenville Ballet School at age two. At age 14, she joined the school of Carolina Ballet Theatre under the direction of Hernan Justo and Anita Pacylowski. While training there, she placed in the Youth American Grand Prix regional competition and competed in the Finals in New York in 2008 and 2009, and received a scholarship to the Bolshoi summer program in NYC. She also credits much of her training to many summers spent studying with Magaly Suarez in Pompano Beach, Florida. In 2007, Mary Kate became an apprentice to the company of Carolina Ballet Theatre where she experienced highlights, including a week spent with Alonzo King, rehearsing and performing his pas de deux from MAP; and the opportunity to replace a principal dancer on an international tour to South America. In 2009, Mary Kate joined First State Ballet Theatre, in Wilmington, DE. She spent 8 seasons there under the direction of Pasha Kambalov, who was instrumental in her growth thanks to his knowledge and coaching of the Vaganova method. In 2012, she debuted as Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty and appeared in a range of principal roles, including Swan Lake (Odette/Odile), Cinderella (title role), The Nutcracker (Marie, Sugar Plum Fairy, Dew Drop) A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Titania), and Juliet in Viktor Plotnikov’s Romeo and Juliet.