Marie began dancing at the age of 8 studying ballet, tap, jazz, and modern dance in her hometown of Queens, NY. Marie trained at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in New York City for five years before joining the Alvin Ailey American Summer Institute as an Intern in 1992 studying Graham, Horton and Dunham techniques. She graduated from Penn State University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a minor in Interdisciplinary Dance. While at Penn State she was the Artistic Dance Director of Nommo Performing Arts Company. Marie was a member of the regional NA’ADE in Philadelphia, performing traditional African and Modern Dance from 1995-1997. She performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City as a member of the Rosemarie Linddt Dance Company during the 1998-1999 season. She moved to North Carolina in 2000 where she began teaching dance locally and performing with Bellan Contemporary Dance Theatre. Marie has been teaching dance in Durham City Public Schools for the past 14 years, and lives in Durham with her husband James and their two children, Lincoln and Nolan.