‘A Quick 5′ with Morgann Rose

Morgann Rose

Morgann Rose is currently dancing the role of the White Witch and 2 other characters in Imagination Stage’s production of The Lion The Witch, and The Wardrobe. Originally from Lake Forest, California, Morgann is in her 11th season with The Washington Ballet after dancing one season with Elliot Feld’s Ballet Tech in New York City. She began her training with Rebecca Wright, Tania Lichine and David Allen. Ms. Rose graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts high school program before joining her first ballet company. In addition to dancing with The Washington Ballet, she has been a guest artist with the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Carolina Ballet, City Dance Ensemble, and ARKA Ballet. Some of her principal roles have included Myrta in Giselle, Snow Queen in Septime Webre’s The Nutcracker, Effe in La Sylphide and Choleric in The Four Temperaments. Morgann is a joy to watch in LWW and I wholeheartedly recommend you go her and a great cast of singers and dancers in this unique production.

Were you interested in dance as a child?

Yes! I started dancing when I was 3 years old. I was first inspired by a PBS show on TV. I told my mom I wanted to do what they were doing on TV and then I was enrolled within a week!

What was your first professional job as a dancer?

In NYC with a company called Ballet Tech. The director and lead choreographer was Elliot Feld and one of the most creative and innovative choreographers I’ve worked with to date!

Aslan fights the White Witch (Morgann Rose) in ‘The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe’ at Imagination Stage with The Washington Ballet. Photo by Scott Suchman.

How did you come to Washington Ballet?

I auditioned in NYC for Septime Webre in 2001. I loved his style and musicality. Our personalities clicked and it has continued to be an incredible journey. I have performed so many of his works I feel like a part of a family.

Can you please tell us about the character you play in The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe?

I play several roles. The mother, Mrs. Mcreddy, and the White Witch. My prominent role is the White Witch. It is a fantastic role with many different artistic dynamics. She is malicious and beautiful. I like to play her as an icy cold yet very strong witch.

What would be your dream role to dance?

The lead female role in William Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated. It’s both musical and contemporary. It requires strength and artistry. I’ve always wanted to dance it.

The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe plays through August 12, 2012 at Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Avenue, in Bethesda, MD. To purchase tickets, call 301-280-1660, or order them online.