OUR TEAM

CASEY HERD
FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR

Casey Herd was born in Salt Lake City, USA where he began his ballet training at The School for Ballet West. After graduating from the The Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington D.C. he began his professional career with American Ballet Theatre in New York City. He later joined Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle where he quickly rose to the rank of principal dancer. In 2008 he was asked to join the Dutch National Ballet as a principal dancer. Throughout his career Mr. Herd was a guest principal with many world renowned ballet companies such as San Francisco Ballet, English National Ballet, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Lithuanian National Ballet and Many more. He was also invited to perform in many world renowned galas across Europe, North America, East Asia, and Latin America.

After retiring from the stage in 2016, Casey was inspired to found Ballet Rising, as a means of giving back to the art form that gave him so much. Ballet Rising combines his life-long passion for art, history, sociology, and travel.

LINDSAY ALISSA KING
WRITER AND CONTRIBUTOR

Lindsay Alissa King is a writer and journalist at Ballet Rising. She completed a Ph.D. in the history at UCLA, and she now works as a writer, journalist, and nonprofit administrator for projects relating to dance, history, and the arts. Lindsay has traveled extensively and lived abroad in multiple countries, and she is passionate about hearing the stories of people everywhere. At Ballet Rising, Lindsay researches and uncovers stories about ballet initiatives and dance communities around the world.

MARGUERITE WIEWEL
COORDINATOR AND EDITOR

Marguerite’s passion has always been dance and in particular classical ballet. Not having been lucky enough to have a career as a ballerina, she is passionate about supporting young talent on their particular journey and promoting the art form in general. She does this by collaborating with several projects of choreographers, dancers and companies, in the form of content writing, editing and coordinating projects, including being “hands on” at galas and where necessary.