The Company

Margaret Severin-Hansen

Margaret Severin-Hansen

From: New York
Joined: Founding Member

Margaret Severin-Hansen began her ballet training at Huntington School of Ballet on Long Island.  She was accepted into the School of American Ballet in 1993 and trained there until she was taken into Carolina Ballet in 1998.  She spent six weeks in the summer of 1998 with the Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen beore joining Carolina Ballet as a founding member.

At Carolina Ballet, Ms. Severin-Hansen has danced the majority of the ballets in the repertory.  She began as an apprentice and worked her way very quickly through the ranks to principal dancer.  Artistic Director Robert Weiss and guest choreographers (including Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Christopher Wheeldon and Damian Woetzel) have created ballets on Ms. Severin-Hansen at Carolina Ballet and she has been singled out repeatedly by the critics for her artistry and technical merit.  Timour Bourtasenkov and Attila Bongar, both principal dancers at Carolina Ballet, have created ballets on Severin-Hansen.

Ms. Severin-Hansen's principal roles include Juliet, the Firebird, Swanhilda, Cinderella, Carmen, Odette/Odile, the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Sylph and Princess Aurora.  Robert Weiss created Jeu de Cartes on Severin-Hansen in 2002, a pas de deux in Swan Lake in 2005 (for which she received national acclaim), a movement of The Gardens of Giverny in January 2007, and Adagio, a pas de deux to music by Tomaso Albinoni in 2007.  During the summer of 2008 Weiss created a movement of Time Gallery on Severin-Hansen, and Lynne Taylor-Corbett choreographed Code of Silence on her.  Both ballets premiered at the end of the company's summer residency on the campus of UNC Wilmington.

Ms. Severin-Hansen's Balanchine repertory includes Apollo, Allegro, Brilliante, Valse Fantaise, Rubies, Donizetti Variations, Concerto Barocco, Who Cares?, Raymonda Variations, Square Dance, Divertimento 15, Agon, Steadfast Tin Soldier and Tarantella.

In January of 2009, Ms. Severin-Hansen was one of eight graduates of the School of American Ballet personally invited by Peter Martins to perform with New York City Ballet dancers in the 75th Anniversary Celebration of the school.   She danced Tarantella with New York City Ballet principal dancer Daniel Ulbricht.

Roles Choreographed on Ms. Severin-Hansen by Robert Weiss:
Jeu de Cartes
Tempest Fantasy
A Classical Ballet
Swan Lake (Peasant pas de deux)
Monet Impressions
Waltzes of Old Vienna

By Damian Woetzel:
The Nightingale

By Lynne Taylor Corbett:
December Songs

By Timour Bourtasenkov:

By Marin Boieru:
Liszt' Tarantella

Featured Roles with Carolina Ballet by Robert Weiss:
Romeo and Juliet
Swan Lake

By George Balanchine:
Square Dance
Allegro Brillante
The Four Temperaments
Donizetti Variations
Steadfast Tin Soldier
Divertiment #15
Who Cares?
Valse Fantaisie
A Midsummer Night's Dream

By Peter Martins:
Barber Violin Concerto

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