Ms. Midgley danced professionally with the Houston Ballet Company, under the direction of Ben Stevenson. She is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance performance, in addition to a degree in communications, from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
Ms. Midgley was a guest instructor with the Shanghai Ballet in China in 2005. In 2008 she was awarded the Teacher of Excellence Award by American Dance Arts Institute of Education at the American Ballet Competition. Ms. Midgley judged at the Denver Ballet Guild competition in 2009. Since 2012 she has judged and been a Guest Instructor for Sheer Talent, Ltd competitions and workshops at both the regional and national levels.
She founded Queen City Ballet in Helena, Montana in 2001 and over the past 15 years her students have gone on to dance professionally with Boston Ballet, Alberta Ballet, Ballet Austin, Den Norske Opera & Ballet, Ballet de Santiago, Cincinnati Ballet and Charlottesville Ballet, and have received traineeships at Ballet West, Atlanta Ballet, Richmond Ballet, and Nevada Ballet. Annually, Queen City Ballet students are accepted into prestigious summer programs such as the Bolshoi Ballet, Kirov Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Juilliard, Joffrey Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Alonso Kings LINES, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Harid Conservatory, Ballet Austin, Atlanta Ballet, Ballet Chicago, and Pittsburgh Ballet Theater. Her students have been recognized at International ballet competitions including Youth American Grand Prix, American Ballet Competition, and Russian Pointe.
She has annually graced Helena’s stages with full-length productions of Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, contemporary ballets, and the beloved annual tradition of The Nutcracker.