I’m Mary (aka “The Dance Journalist”): a professional dancer, arts administrator, and freelance writer based in New York City. I have a self-designed bachelor’s in Writing Dance from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and recently graduated with my master’s in Performing Arts Administration at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. I will be starting business school in the Fall of 2021 through NYU Stern’s Accelerated Part-Time MBA.
A dancer since birth, I have always loved this art form—where I could express, communicate, and learn through movement—through my body, my instrument . Now, my path as a professional dancer has been anything but linear. Additional interests, injuries, and unforeseen challenges forced me to explore my love for dance beyond my role as a performer onstage. The realization that I couldn’t dance forever was both a devastating realization and a strange early blessing. Learning about, participating in, and amplifying the art of dance in so many other ways have made me a stronger and more informed dancer as well as—I hope—a true changemaker in the industry.
The challenge of writing about dance—the ultimate ephemeral art form—is thrilling. I love to write reviews, interviews, blog posts, press releases, advice columns, and essays about all things dance. I hope that my writing can inspire artists to explore new ideas, audiences to think critically and have meaningful dialogues about their experiences in the theatre, and donors and all levels of government to support and promote the arts.
My work has been published in/for:
The Kennedy Center
Dance Spirit Magazine
Broadway Dance Center
The Verdon Fosse Legacy LLC
Rachel Neville Studios
The American Musical and Dramatic Academy
Dance Informa Magazine
Jo & Jax
Steps on Broadway
On Stage Blog
The Steps Beyond Foundation