BA in Interdisciplinary Studies (dance, visual arts and theater) – UNC-Asheville
MFA in Performance and Choreography –
Vagonova Teaching Certificate – PA Ballet Society, John White Method
Bartenieff Instructor Certification I – Laban Institute of Movement Studies
Laban Notation Certificate in process – NYC Notation Bureau
Mary is the Director of Dance Education at the Southeast Center for Education in the Arts. She provides mentorship to pre-k through 12th grade educators with arts integration as a professional development model in her work with educators and artists. She also teaches dance to young adults at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Previously she taught pre-k through adult learners in public and private settings in Pennsylvania and California, teaching in early childhood education centers, public schools, studio settings and in a nationwide professional development program for teaching artists and educators. She has received support as a choreographer and teaching artist from Philadelphia Dance Projects in Pennsylvania and has presented choreography in the San Francisco, Oakland, Asheville, Philadelphia, Nashville and Chattanooga communities. In 2009 Mary received a certificate in Bartenieff Fundamentals through the Laban Institute of Movement Studies and she is currently working on a laban notation certificate through the Dance Notation Bureau in New York. She is a 2010 graduate of Allied Arts of Greater Chattanooga’s Holmberg Arts Leadership program and has served on the 2012 Tennessee Arts Commission Dance Advisory Panel. Her interests in dance education explore how embodiment and creation can help us investigate the past and present.