Mackenzie received her professional ballet training at the Washington School of Ballet. She performed with the main company at the Kennedy Center, the Warner Theatre, and the Hippodrome. During her summer breaks she trained on scholarship at various summer intensive programs throughout the Northeastern United States. Mackenzie enjoyed other dance forms including jazz, tap, and modern. Prior to graduating from high school, she developed a jazz and ballet class for underprivileged youth in the area, which inspired her to pursue a career in Social Work. Mackenzie holds a Bachelors Degree in Social Work from George Mason University and a Masters Degree in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her concentration in the field is in child welfare, child development, and childhood trauma and adverse experiences. Mackenzie has taught various ballet levels at the Lasley Centre with all age groups and has performed various roles during the school’s early years. Mackenzie began dance at age 3 but discovered her love for ballet at 6 when Kalie Lasley became her ballet teacher. She is thrilled to reunite with Kalie in her adult years to teach alongside her.