McKenna Luzynski is a native of Roanoke, VA, where she began dancing with Roanoke Ballet Theatre at the age of 8. Originally, she started taking ballet technique classes to help her become a better baton twirler, but she soon fell in love with the art of ballet. For the next several years, she trained in Vaganova method ballet at Virginia Ballet Academy and UNA Dance Theatre, under the direction of Unurbat Gunaajav and Nara Dondong.
While in high school, McKenna danced as a guest principal dancer for Virginia Dance Academy at Smith Mountain Lake. She later served as a ballet, jazz, and hip-hop teacher for the studio when it relocated to Roanoke. From 2012-2014, McKenna returned to Roanoke Ballet Theatre, under the direction of Sandra Meythaler, Renee Aguilera, and Norbert Nirewicz. During this time, McKenna had the opportunity to perform with RBT’s newly-formed professional company as Anastasia the Stepsister in the 2013 production of Cinderella.
Other select roles include the title role of Cinderella; the White Cat in Sleeping Beauty; the English Doll and the Scottish Doll in the Magic Toyshop; and the Trepak in the Nutcracker. Additionally, McKenna has performed as a soloist in Walpurgisnacht; Napoli; La Fille Mal Gardée; and in the neoclassical ballet, Silent Thought. She has aldo performed variations from La Bayadère, Le Corsaire, Don Quixote, La Esmeralda, Paquita, The Pharaoh’s Daughter, Swan Lake, and Les Sylphides.
Throughout college and graduate school, McKenna continued her dance education: first in Greenville, SC with Greenville Ballet School and Dance Theatre of Greenville, then in London, UK at The Place. Outside of the studio, McKenna competed ballet en pointe in several local and state Miss America-type pageants, winning talent in several competitions. She also kept competing as a baton twirler, winning 5 golds, a silver, and a bronze at the 2010 AAU Junior Olympics. She has gone on to teach dance and baton twirling across the East Coast and in the United Kingdom.
After finishing her MSc in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, McKenna took a job as the District Epidemiologist for Southside Health District, leading her to South Hill, VA. In her spare time, she serves as a baton twirling judge for the United States Twirling Association and AAU. She is thrilled to be back in the studio and to begin teaching at Dance It Out.