Ms. McGinnis began her early ballet training in Berlin, Germany. In 1976, she began studying at Virginia Ballet Company & School. She has been a VBC staff member and rehearsal assistant since 1983, and received a B.S. in Dance from Radford University in 1990. While earning an M.F.A. in Dance, Ms. McGinnis served on the faculty of Point Park College, James Madison University, Shenandoah University and George Mason University. Her eclectic work has been commissioned by Virginia Ballet, Rockbridge Ballet, and Loudoun Ballet and has won awards for both choreography and costume design.