Marcus McCray, a native of Tampa Bay, started his formal dance training at the end of his senior year in high school in PCCA at Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg, Fl. He then left Tampa Bay to attend the New World School of the Arts’ BFA program in Miami, Fl. One of his professors (Peter London) had a dance company in Miami that Marcus was a part of from his freshman year until his senior year at NWSA in Miami. He graduated in the spring of 2015 and the very next day after graduation, Marcus was flown to Coyoacan, Mexico to work with the acclaimed Mexican Choreographer and Director Tania-Perez Salas for her North American tour. After that contract ended, Marcus was granted a full scholarship to attend Alonzo King LINES Ballet summer program, from which he was honored to be invited to stay in the year-round Professional-Training program.
While in California at LINES Marcus was a founding member of a dance troupe called MudWater, where they mixed the disciplines and styles of street dancers (Aka Turf dancers) and Ballet dancers from LINES BFA and Training Program to collaborate and create groundbreaking new works that was presented all around the SF Bay area. The troupe was later featured in the San Francisco State of the Arts Magazine. After completing year and a half of training at LINES, Marcus was hired as a guest artist with Philadelphia’s Ballet X. After leaving Ballet X, Marcus free-lanced in New York City for nearly a year before returning here to his beloved home town. Marcus is happy to be back and working here in Tampa.