Marcus McCray, a native of Tampa Bay, started his formal dance training at the end of his senior year in high school at Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg, Florida. After high school, Marcus attended the New World School of the Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts program in Miami, Florida. During his freshman year, Marcus became a member of an emerging dance company in Miami led by one of his professors, Peter London. He graduated in the spring of 2015 and the day after graduation, Marcus was flown to Coyoacan, Mexico to work with the acclaimed Mexican Choreographer and Director Tania-Perez Salas as a member of her North American tour. Next, 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 dancers mixed the disciplines and styles of street dancers (Aka Turf dancers) and Ballet dancers to collaborate and create groundbreaking new works that were presented around the San Francisco Bay area. The troupe was later featured in the San Francisco State of the Arts Magazine. After training at LINES, Marcus was hired as a guest artist with Philadelphia’s Ballet X. Following Ballet X, Marcus free-lanced in New York City for nearly a year before returning to his beloved home town, Tampa. After his grueling schedule of traveling, Marcus was considering retirement from dance until his invite into Tampa City Ballet’s Premiere Production, After Image. Work with Tampa City Ballet rekindled Marcus’ love for dance.