MJL Ballet assembles highly qualified professionals each year and a curriculum that blends discipline and enjoyment. Our faculty members are current/former professional dancers. With a dedicated team, all students will be challenged to reach their fullest potential while discovering a deeper love for this art form.
Megan Levine began her ballet training at various regional schools in the Chicago area studying Vaganova and Balanchine. She later joined A&A Ballet Company under the direction of former Bolshoi Ballet dancers Alexei Kremnev and Anna Reznik. Following her time with A&A Ballet, she joined Ballet Chicago Studio Company under the direction of former New York City Ballet dancer Daniel Duell.
Beyond her home training, she was a scholarship student at the summer programs of Cincinnati Ballet and Oklahoma City Ballet. She also attended numerous prestige summer programs such as American Ballet Theatre (New York), Ballet Arizona and Colorado Ballet. At age 14, Megan was invited to train year-round at both Colorado Ballet and Ballet Arizona.
She has worked with former American Ballet Theatre dancers Amanda Mckerrow, Valerie Madonia, Ethan Brown, Harriett Clark, former American Ballet Theatre Studio Company director Kate Lydon, and former Ballet Arizona Studio Company Director Carlos Valcarcel.
Megan’s repertoire includes La Bayadère, Giselle, Paquita, Cinderella, numerous Nutcrackers as Snow Queen and Arabian , Alexei Kremnev’s Moonlight Rush and Firebird. She was also a featured dancer in the neo classical production Ornaments staged by Alvin Ailey II director Troy Powell.
Megan has years of teaching experience and is a sought after guest teacher. She is highly committed to the artistic education and personal well-being of young dancers. To this day, her love and respect of classical ballet and passing that on to young artists is one of her greatest passions.
Antonio Rosario is a classically trained dancer in the Russian Vaganova syllabus and the Bournonville style. After graduating from the Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet in 2013, he received an offer to join Gelsey Kirkland Ballet Company. He performed soloist and principal roles in classics such as Raymonda, The Nutcracker, Le Corsaire, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, La Ventana from Auguste Bournonville, Harlequinade, and Swan Lake. Antonio also danced with Ballet Fantastique, as a principal dancer, for the 2015/16 season.
He has performed with the Eugene Symphony at the Hult Center and he danced with Ballet 5:8 for three seasons as a principal dancer. Antonio recently came back from studying at the Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen (Denmark), performing works by Auguste Bournonville and others.
Mr. Rosario has been teaching ballet for eight years and has experience teaching dancers of all ages and levels in classes such as classical ballet, Core Dynamic, Men’s Class, and flamenco. In 2014, Antonio received the Teacher’s Certificate from the Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet.
Antonio is also an accomplished flamenco dancer, and won second place in the New York State Certamen Flamenco Competition in New York City - held in Lincoln Center. Antonio has also traveled abroad and studied the origins of flamenco in Spain with respected dancers, Rafaela Reyes “ La Repompa”, and Raquel Heredia “ La Repompilla”.
Brianna Steinfeldt studied on full scholarship at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, which led to her being asked to join American Ballet Theatre Studio Company in 2011.
During her season, she danced at the Royal Ballet School in London and performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. In 2011, she was promoted to apprentice during American Ballet Theatre Nutcracker season.
Brianna has studied on full scholarship at prestigious summer intensive programs such as: American Ballet Theatre, Houston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and the Steifel and Stars program under the direction of Gillian Murphy.
In 2008, she placed as a top twelve finalist at Youth America Grand Prix finals in New York. Brianna also received second and third place at the Chicago YAGP in 2008 and 2009.
Riley McMurray first encounter with dance was when my older sister was taking ballet classes. After sitting watching his sister dance, Riley decided to give ballet a try. When Riley was 12 years old, he knew he wanted to become a professional dancer. In 2012 Riley attended his first Youth America Grand Prix and placed Top 12 in the Junior classical division.
That same year Riley auditioned for Houston Ballet Summer Intensive and was accepted on full scholarship. In the fall of 2013, Riley was accepted to train at Houston Ballet as a full-time student. He trained in the academy for four and a half years. In March 2018, Houston Ballet’s artistic director Stanton Welch offered Riley an apprenticeship with the company.
In 2019, Riley was promoted to Corps with Houston Ballet and is currently on company.