Mariaelena Ruiz

Coach, Director, Ballet Master.

A passion

For excellence

People say she works magic. Mariaelena’s magic is hard work, dedication, and giving dancers the confidence and skills, not only for dance, but for life. It is so clear to her, it is the center and the core of what she does. Mariaelena’s goal is that the dancers that she trains believe in themselves and are inspired to become artists. The magic, the miracle, and the future happens in their everyday work.

Ballet Master

About Mariaelena

Mariaelena Ruiz is the Director of the Professional Training Program at Cary Ballet Conservatory and the recipient of the 2019 Youth America Grand Prix Finals Outstanding Teacher award. 

“Miracles happen after you work your butt off!”

Mariaelena Ruiz

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Making the impossible possible

Student achievements

American Ballet Theater
Pacific Northwest Ballet
New York City Ballet
Cats, on Broadway
Washington Ballet
Ballet West
Washington Ballet
Dayton Ballet
Charlotte Ballet
National Ballet of Canada


What People are Saying

“The go-to coach if you want to win competitions and land a spot in a ballet company”

“Even though Lydia is no longer dancing, your print was made upon her and we are so grateful for every life lesson you taught her.”

Catherine Merrit, parent of former student Lydia Merrit

“There are few people I know who share Mariaelena’s passion for teaching, her dedication to excellence and her caring and innate nurturing personality.”

Lynne Goldberg, Master Certified Coach


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