Mission Statement

The Morgantown Ballet Company exists to provide talented young dancers the opportunity to perform professional caliber ballets, progressive contemporary works and collaborations while maintaining the highest standard of dance.

This is done by:

-Maintaining the highest standard of technical excellence both in classical and progressive dance movements.
-Engaging the community by presenting high quality performances in collaboration with the regions finest artists.
-Inspiring audiences of all ages from northern West Virginia.



The Morgantown Ballet Company was founded in January of 2008 by former artistic director Lauren Slone as a project of Morgantown Dance. As the the the performing company of Morgantown Dance,  the company is an outlet for dancers seeking advanced training, specifically in the area of performance. Acceptance into the company is by audition or invitation.

Artistic Direction

Daniel Karasik began his dance training in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. In 2007, Daniel graduated from Point Park University, where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. He then danced professionally in Pittsburgh, and also in Dayton, where he was a proud member of the Dayton Ballet. In 2011, Karasik premiered the Dayton Arts Project, a company that seamlessly integrated art forms, such as choreography, dance, film, installation art, new and live music, and mixed media in exhibition. Karasik’s choreography has been reviewed as “grace and beauty personified,” having “intellectual glamor” and being “a wonderfully effective series of dance essays.” He has recently produced works for Bodiography Contemporary Ballet, Dayton Arts Project, Dayton Ballet, Morgantown Ballet Company, Pittsburgh Dance Conservatory and Point Park University.