LICSB was founded in 2006 and is recognized today as one of the foremost dance programs in Queens, New York. We focus on developing strong technique and physical conditioning in our students while fostering an appreciation for the performing arts. Our curriculum is based on the classical ballet training of Cecchetti with aspects of Vaganova for strength and Balanchine for speed.

LICSB students learn the value of hard work, attention to detail, experience the pride of accomplishment and the joy of performing.

Eric Ragan

Eric Ragan

Founder and Artistic Director of LICB LICSB

Eric Ragan has danced professionally for over 30 years. Early in his career he studied with Flemming Flindt at Dallas Ballet in the Bournonville style. He also worked with Natasha Krassovska from the Ballet Russe.
In 1989, Eric was selected by Frederic Franklin of the Ballet Russe to dance the role of Johnny in Ruth Page Center’s Frankie and Johnny. It was the ‘kickoff’ to an impressive career. To this day, Mr. Ragan credits much of his success to Franklin. “He was my most important coach and my mentor.”

Eric joined the Tulsa Ballet Theatre in 1988, during his second year with the company he was promoted to soloist. “That’s where I danced in Agnes de Mille’s Rodeo for the first time”. It became one of Eric’s signature performances.

Eric would also dance with Ballet Austin and the Eugene Ballet where he worked with renowned choreographer, Tony Pimble, dancing Mercutio in her Romeo and Juliet.

Once again, Mr. Ragan found a new audience in Switzerland where he danced at the famed Stadttheatre StGallen before returning to Eugene Ballet.
With 15 years of training and performing under his belt, he was on his way to New York. “In New York I performed as a soloist with Dances Patrelle, Ballet for Young Audiences and with the Suzanne Farrell Ballet at Kennedy Center for 8 years as well as many guest performances; most notably with the American Ballet Theatre dancing the Roper in Rodeo. Mr. Ragan founded LICSB and LICB.

A superb dancer, choreographer and producer, Eric is founder and artistic director of the Long Island City Ballet — and an arts activist with an eye to the artistic encouragement of ballet.

Elena Madrigal

Elena Madrigal

Assistant Director/Instructor LICB LICSB

Elena Madrigal, Born in Costa Rica, Elena began her studies in classical ballet under the supervision of Mrs. Flor Montalban and Ingrid Cruz.  Her partenerting skills are based on the superior training of teachers from The Cuban Ballet, Pedro Martin and Anya Boza. 
She graduated in character and classical dance from the British Academy of Dancing and received two honorary diplomas with the highest grades.  She has been fortunate enough to work with Ms. Gelsey Kirkland and Mr. David Howard. 
Winner of the gold medal in the 1994 Latin and Central America Ballet competition, a program created by Dame Margot Fonteyn. 
Principal roles:
Don Quixote, Le Corsaire, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Le Sylphide, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo And Juiet, Manon, Carmen, Le Petite Mort, and several original contemporary pieces from choreographer Felix from the Cuban Ballet
She has also choreographed two full ballets for The American Ballet Arts Company.  
Teaching And Coaching Skills:
Her class focuses primarily on the use of rhythm and the importance of style and alignment for each movement.  Many professional dancers have come to her to understand this better and the results have been incredibly well received.
Maureen Duke

Maureen Duke

Musical Theatre

Maureen Duke is thrilled to be joining the Long Island City School of Ballet family! She holds a BFA in Dance Performance and minor in Musical Theater from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory. Pre-Covid, Maureen was performing in the National Tour of An American in Paris. Her Ballet Credits include: Dances Patrelle, New York Dance Theater, Eidolon Ballet, Omaha Theater Ballet, St. Louis Ballet, Les Grande Canadian Ballet, Fort Wayne Ballet, KM/DM, as well as a guest performer with the Omaha and Kansas City Symphonies. Her other theater credits include Sound of Music (Frau Schmidt, Alabama Shakespeare Fest.), Oklahoma! (Ogunquit Playhouse), Jesus Christ Superstar, Mame (St. Louis Muny), Damn Yankees (Lola) and Addams Family (Morticia) at Tibbits Summer Theatre, and A Chorus Line (Sheila, Roxy Regional Theatre). Maureen teaches ballet and musical theater jazz to dancers of all ages and levels, as well as children with special needs.


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