GREGORY SCHRAMEL, Artistic Director
Marjorie Hardwick Schramel,
Associate Artistic Director, Schramel Conservatory Of Dance director
Marjorie Hardwick Schramel and Gregory Schramel started Schramel Conservatory of Dance in January of 2006. Since then, the school has produced dancers who have gone on to have professional dance careers, students who have attained dance degrees, and apprenticed dancers who will one day enter ballet companies nationally. The school has won the prestigious "Outstanding School" awarded by the Youth America Grand Prix in 2006. The Schramels also founded New Orleans Ballet Theatre in 2002. The company is the only professional ballet company in Louisiana which has been allowed to perform some of the great George Balanchine ballets including, Agon, Apollo, Concerto Barocco, Tarantella, and Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux. The Schramels have had the honor of working with the New Orleans Opera Association as guest choreographers by presenting New Orleans Ballet Theatre dancers in "Pearl Fishers" in 2011, and Carmina Burana" in 2012 to critical acclaim. The Schramelsl have enjoyed dance careers which spanned some 20+ years in some of America's top ballet companies, such as Cincinnati Ballet, Miami City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Atlanta Ballet and the Broadway musical CATS in Vienna and Paris. Both trained with The School of American Ballet in New York. Gregory comes from New Orleans, where he trained privately with Alexander Minz and Marjorie is from Dallas where she was trained by Marjorie Tallchief, George Skibine and Flemming Flindt.
In 2011, the Schramels and NOBT won two Big Easy "Tribute to the Classical Arts" awards for "Outstanding Classical Ballet Presentation" and Gregory Schramel "Outstanding Choreography", for his ballet, Patriotism. Marjorie is a certified instructor of the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) curriculum which SCOD follows.
Laurie Volny Langdon
A native of New Orleans, Miss Langdon's early dance experiences came with the Delta Festival Ballet under the tutelage of Joseph Giacobbe. After having been a scholarship student at the schools of American Ballet Theater and San Francisco Ballet, she joined Houston Ballet in 1980. She danced fourteen seasons with that company and as a soloist was featured in many roles such as Solvieg in Ben Stevenson’s Peer Gynt, the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker, and the Crouching Woman in Margo Sappington’s Rodin, Mis en Vie. Little did she know that her turn as Mary Pickford in the Grand Tour by the Tony Award winning Broadway choreographer Joe Layton would presage her future career path. In 1994 she left the classical ballet world to join the touring company of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Broadway hit, the Phantom of the Opera, as a singer/dancer. In addition to her skills as a versatile dancer, her ability to effectively teach new members of the company the choreography and blocking of the show and lead efficient rehearsals in a demanding touring environment led to her promotion to the position of Dance Captain. In 2008 she left the tour and became the Dance Captain of the Broadway production of Phantom playing at the Majestic Theater in New York City. A highlight of her tenure with that company was the 25th anniversary show in 2013, where she, along with her fellow company members, celebrated Broadway’s longest running musical onstage with the producer, Cameron Mackintosh, director, Hal Prince, and composer, Andrew Lloyd Webber. After a long and varied dance career spanning 34 years Laurie hung up her pointe shoes, left Phantom of the Opera and returned to her hometown of New Orleans. Last year she spent 3 months in Hamburg, Germany where she helped set a new production of the Phantom of the Opera.
New Orleans Ballet Theatre Staff
Mei-Ling Murray, Stage to School Outreach Teacher
Mei-Ling Murray is a classically trained dancer from San Francisco. She studied with American Ballet Theater, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. She then attended The University of Arizona’s School of Dance on scholarship.
Following her undergraduate studies in Dance and Anthropology, Mei-Ling worked extensively in Panama and India, as the Program Director for Movement Exchange, where she developed international dance programs alongside the U.S. Embassies. Since 2011, she has performed with Bay Area contemporary dance company, Project B., and worked as a teaching artist for Performing Arts Workshop, bringing dance education to the San Francisco Unified School District. In addition to being on faculty at NOBT, she currently is in the Pre-Physical Therapy program at the University of New Orleans.
KIT BRADDICK, Stage to school, outreach teacher
Kit Braddick grew up in Mandeville, Louisiana where she began her early dance training at Apetrei Dance center under Constantin and Kelly Apetrei. While there she performed with their studio company Ballet Apetrei and began her teaching career. She has trained at the American Ballet Theatre in Detroit, the Atlanta Ballet, and the Alabama Ballet summer intensives and danced with the Alabama Ballet and the New Orleans Ballet Theatre. She has performed numerous roles in ballets such as the Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, La Bayadere, Don Quixote, Paquita, and many more. She hopes to continue her dancing career, meanwhile spreading her love of dance to her many students.