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Abigail Henninger

Director and Company Artist

Abigail grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania where she trained at the Lake Erie Ballet. At the age of 18, Ms. Henninger received her first contract and immediately started performing professionally. Ms. Henninger has danced professionally with Madison Ballet, Missouri Ballet Theatre, Sarasota Ballet, and has had guest appearances with Hosanna Sacred Arts, Master Works Festival, Neglia Ballet, and Suzanne Farrell Ballet in conjunction with the Sarasota Ballet. Abigail has also had the privilege of performing at the Kennedy Center. Ms. Henninger has had the opportunity to perform some of the great works of renowned choreographers such as Christopher Wheeldon, John Cranko, George Balanchine, Sir Frederick Ashton, Mathew Bourne, Andre Prokovsky, and many more. She has been blessed to perform lead roles in ballets such as "Who Cares", "Giselle", "Swan Lake", and "Les Patineurs". Some favorite ballets from her repertoire include: "There Where She Loved" by Christopher Wheeldon, “Nuoto” by W. Earle Smith, "Zelophehad" by Steve Rooks and "Checkmate" by Ninette de Valois’.

As a choreographer, Abigail has been able to set original works on Missouri Ballet Theatre, Hosanna Sacred Arts, Saving Grace Dance Ensemble, Arova Contemporary Ballet, Dancers of the Madison Ballet and various schools across the country.

She is the founder of Magnum Opus and serves the company as both a dancer and the artistic director. During the premier season of Magnum Opus, she was able to set eleven new works and one full length ballet. While in their second and third seasons Ms. Henninger set several brand-new pieces, a full-length production and the expansion of multiple existing works. During the fourth season of Magnum Opus Ms. Henninger transitioned the season to making films, performing outdoor works, and created unique ways for the company to perform throughout the entire season during the pandemic. 

Ms. Henninger has quickly developed a choreographic presence in Madison as "Having a knack for creating pleasing shapes with the dancers’ bodies and exploring the nuances of the score" mentioned by Madison's Isthmus. Ms. Henninger is thankful for the support of so many loved ones who have helped her put Magnum Opus into being and is elated to begin season five in the fall of 2021. Abigail wants to give all the glory back to her Creator for giving her the beautiful gift of dance.    

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