Margaret Severin-Hansen began her training at the Huntington School of Ballet on Long Island, NY. She was accepted into the School of American Ballet and trained there until being accepted into Carolina Ballet in the inaugural season (1998). Ms. Severin-Hansen has also trained with the Royal Danish Ballet and danced with The Royal Ballet of Flanders. At Carolina Ballet, Ms. Severin-Hansen has had many ballets created on her and has danced the majority of the ballets in the repertoire. She has repeatedly been singled out for her artistry and technical merit. 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. In addition, to being a Principal at Carolina Ballet, Ms. Severin-Hansen is the Artistic Director of the Ruth S. Shur Summer Intensive, Assistant Director of Triangle Academy of Dance in Cary, NC and on the faculty of the School of Carolina Ballet.