September 7 & 9, 2018
Opperman Music Hall – FSU
Carla DeLoach moved to Tallahassee just after graduating with her BS degree from James Madison University in Virginia 1984. She majored in marketing and psychology with a minor in dance. She has a strong background in advertising and public relations, and has been involved in the arts and culture scene in Tallahassee for many, many years.
Carla is the Development Director of The Tallahassee Ballet since 2015. Prior to this, she was the Development Officer of Opening Nights Performing Arts Series, and previously held marketing and sales positions within the Advertising Department at The Tallahassee Democrat, during which time she was on the Executive Board of the Tallahassee Advertising Federation. Additionally, Carla is involved with Tallahassee Music Week, The Junior League of Tallahassee, Word of South Music and Literature Festival, Tallahassee Garden Club, past President and Treasurer of the Coreopsis Garden Circle, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Leon Foundation. She has lead fundraisers for The Brain Tumor Foundation for Children, served on the United Way Allocations Panel, and volunteered with several other charitable organizations.
Carla has been happily married to Greg for 28 years and they have 4 amazing children ages 23, 21,17, and 15. Her daughters, Morgan and Madelynne, danced with The Tallahassee Ballet company for almost 8 years. Her son Max appeared as one of the little boys in the party scene of the Nutcracker when he was 8 years old. Also living with the family are two spoiled canines, Rocky and Blue. Carla loves the beach, reading, gardening, cooking, and working out.
Meagan began her early training with the Delaware Dance Company and continued her studies with Daniel Catanach of Urban Ballet Theatre and the Atlanta Ballet. She is a graduate of Goucher College, in Maryland, with a BA in Dance. While there her choreography was presented at the American College Dance Festival and she spent time abroad studying at Middlesex University in London, England. After graduation, Meagan joined Ballet Theatre of Maryland (BTM), she was a as promoted to a principal dancer in 2006 and remained with the company until 2014. Her repertoire with BTM includes, Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, Coppelia, Cinderella, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Firebird, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Nutcracker, Carmen, and The Scarlet Letter, among many other contemporary works. Meagan served as the Ballet Mistress for BTM from 2009-2014, where she also choreographed and taught for the company and school. She has also been a guest teacher and choreographer for the Delaware Dance Company. Meagan graduated in May of 2017 with an MA in Dance from Florida State University. Meagan is currently the photographer for the FSU’s School of Dance and the performance photographer for The Tallahassee Ballet. Her dance photographs have been published in Dance Magazine, Dance Studio Life, Dance Teacher Magazine, and the Tallahassee Democrat.
Jenny Leavitt has worked as the Administrative Assistant for The Tallahassee Ballet since May 2015. Prior to moving to Tallahassee in April 2015, she worked as an executive assistant in the banking industry in Eugene, Oregon. She has more than 25 years of experience in administrative assistance, project management and payroll. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Humboldt State University. Her interests include gardening, kayaking, swimming, hiking, quilting and cooking.
MaryRebekah Wright grew up in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and began her dance training at the age of five. She studied ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap, hip-hop, and tumbling under the direction of Crystal Draper and Melissa June. She has danced with Ellen Werksmen in Chicago, with the Atlanta Festival Ballet and the Cincinnati Ballet during summers, and spent a month studying ballet and modern dance in Paris. She was a member of the Civic Ballet of Volusia County for 10 years, performing lead roles in their annual performance of The Nutcracker. She moved to Tallahassee to study with the Florida State University School of Dance and pursued arts administration and outreach education in addition to dance. In May 2016 MaryRebekah graduated from FSU with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Communications. She has experience teaching ballet, jazz, tap, and tumbling. MaryRebekah joined The Tallahassee Ballet in July 2016, when she started as the Community Outreach Coordinator. In July 2017, she attended the National Dance Institute’s Teaching Artist Training intensive in New York City. MaryRebekah was appointed to the role of Assistant to the Artistic Director in August 2017.