A Chicago native, Yvonne Marceau, together with her dance partner Pierre Dulaine, is a founding artistic director of American Ballroom Theater and an internationally renowned performer and teacher, and has been a faculty member for several decades at both the School of American Ballet and the Juilliard School in New York, as well as a guest faculty member at Alvin Ailey. Of particular acclaim, Marceau and Dulaine created and choreographed their respective roles as The Countess and The Gigolo in Tommy Tune’s hit Broadway musical Grand Hotel, for which they won the 1989–1990 Astaire Award for Best Dancing on Broadway.
In 1994, Marceau and Dulaine, as part of their American Ballroom Theatre, created the nonprofit educational outreach program Dancing Classrooms, which has taught ballroom dancing in dozens of schools throughout New York City’s five boroughs. Their program is the subject of the 2005 award-winning documentary motion picture Mad Hot Ballroom.
Ms. Marceau and Mr. Dulaine are four-time British Exhibition Champions, and recipients of the prestigious Dance Magazine Award for their contributions to the field of dance, as well as recipients of the National Dance Council of America Award the Dance Educators of America Award.