Madeleine Purcell is from Connecticut, where she began her ballet training at the Connecticut Dance School, before being accepted to American Ballet Theatre’s JKO School under the direction of Franco DeVita. Her favorite memory of that time was dancing in ABT's 75th Anniversary Gala at the Metropolitan Opera House.
After graduation, she accepted a contract with the Sarasota Ballet, where some of her repertoire included corps and demi-soloist roles in works by George Balanchine, Sir Frederick Ashton and Antony Tudor. Purcell became an ABT National Training Curriculum Certified Teacher in Levels Pre-Primary through Level 5 in 2018, reconnecting with her teachers and curriculum developers, Franco DeVita & Raymond Lukens.
After two seasons in Sarasota, she spent a year as a freelance dancer in New York City before coming to OKCB. She was also offered a contract to dance in Copenhagen, Denmark, for Tivoli Ballet Theatre's world-premiere production of Yuri Possokov's The Snow Queen (Snedronningen), where she originated the soloist role of the Princess.
Purcell has also been published in Pointe Magazine multiple times, currently dances in the OKCB studio company, and is working on completing her undergraduate degree in Psychology.