Directors

The Maple Conservatory of Dance is privately owned and directed by Charles Maple and Kathy Crade. Both Charles and Kathy have been involved in dance for a combined total of over 50 years, experiencing its joys and rewards.

Charles is a former soloist with American Ballet Theatre and principal dancer with the Basel Ballet of Switzerland, an award-winning choreographer and a teacher and artistic director of various national and international organizations. Upon his return to the United States in 1995, Charles began focusing on choreography and teaching. A highly sought after teacher, Charles directed American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensives for 8 years, taught master classes across the United States and adjudicated international dance festivals and competitions. His students have or are currently dancing in American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Essen Ballet (Germany), Houston Ballet, Los Angeles Ballet, Nevada Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet and others. Read Charles’ Bio

Kathy has over 20 years of administrative and supervisory experience. She was a key figure in the research, development and establishment of our nation’s first Ovarian Cancer Screening Center. As a mom of 3 young dancers, Kathy searched high and low for the very best schools for dance training. Kathy’s oldest daughter, a scholarship recipient and graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts (ballet major) and The Juilliard School (BFA in Dance Performance) in New York City is currently modeling and dancing professionally in New York.

As directors, Charles and Kathy form a unique team that highlights their best skills and experiences in creating a dance school of international repute. Their involvement with each level of the Conservatory and working relationship with the teachers, students and parents come together in their vision of a conservatory that represents the teaching styles, techniques and curricula that they have found to be most beneficial to student dancers.