Marlene studied with Boston Ballet and Rosella Hightower in Cannes, France and the former owner Classical Ballet Studio, Worcester, Massachusetts.
Her students performed with the Charleston Ballet, Boston Ballet, Cleveland Ballet, and Cologne Ballet of Germany, with two of her students becoming Rockettes and one student having a professional company in Tuscan, Arizona.
Marlene has also taught at Cullman College, Erie Civic Ballet, Decatur Civic Ballet. She was the choreographer for local schools and a past advisor to the Grand Awards.
In 2003 and 2004 Marlene received the Business Woman of the Year award. She is the President of the Ada Council for the Arts and a member of the Mary Free Bed Guild. She is also the Co-founder and Artistic Director of West Michigan Youth Ballet.