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, students will be challenged to reach their fullest potential while discovering a deeper love for this art form.
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.
Haley Marcin is a creator, educator, and performing artist, who graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Carolina Greensboro with a BFA in Dance with a focus in choreography and performance.
Haley has had the pleasure of performing works by Martha Graham, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane, Janet Lilly, B.J. Sullivan, Clarice Young, and several Chicago choreographers such as Hanna Bricston and Jessica Miller Tomlinson.
Haley has trained and performed with companies in several cities including Chicago and New York. She has performed nationally and internationally and her choreography has been performed on several stages including Alto Monte, Italy.
After training on full scholarship in Calabria, Italy, Haley apprenticed with the Michael Mao Dance Company in New York. Since moving back home to Chicago, Haley has danced with Aerial Dance Chicago and is currently dancing for Project Bound Dance and Still Inspired(?).
When Haley is not taking class or rehearsing for a show, she loves creating her own works and teaching. Haley has been invited consecutively to teach at an Honor’s Ballet Summer Intensive at The Dance Company in Alabama. More recently, she was selected to be the master contemporary teacher at The Dance Center of Greensboro by the Southeast Committee Cecchetti Council of America. Haley was also asked to teach Release technique classes at FINI Dance Festival in Calabria, Italy.
Haley’s drive, deep love for dance, and constant need to learn more has led her to many new places, opportunities, performances, and accomplishments that shape her and the performer she is today.
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.
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”.