Mary A. Chase

teacher, performer, choreographer

Mary moves. Her life as an artist constantly shifts with each new State and Country she and her family lives in.  Over the last eighteen years Mary has had the pleasure of working with people from all over the world not only through the sacred power of dance and its abundant connections and opportunities but by the sheer happenstance of being a wife of a US Foreign Area Officer.  Our latest move was to Tampa, FL where Mary is teaching at The University of Tampa. 9 moves in 18 years.

Mary is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst and Bartenieff Fundamentals Practitioner. Mary focuses on braiding tradition and innovation through teaching, choreography and performance. She has extensive experience as an educator and director holding positions in public schools, private academies and universities.  In addition to teaching at The University of Tampa she has held positions at Kansas State University, The University of Texas at Austin, and Austin Peay State University. Her work has been performed and produced in 16 States and internationally in Austria, Greece, Guatemala, Bali, and Scotland.  She holds a B.F.A. in dance choreography and performance from the University of Illinois and an M.F.A. in Dance from the University of Texas at Austin.

This year Mary performed in Beacon at the Palladium Theater in Saint Petersburg. In February her students at The University of Tampa performed the premiere of Aurora that will be combined with the work Heavy the Rise that continues to be performed having premiered last fall, most recently was featured in the GASP! festival at the Tampa Art Museum. These works will combine to create an new evening length piece in the future. At the end of  May, Mary performed as Isadora Duncan in the Yesenin Poetry Show, a Russian arts showcase. In June, after five years of research and process, The Breath of the Compassionate premiered at the Laban Institute in New York City. This is a movement meditation performed in collaboration with composer Bill Alves’ gamelan and video tessellations. This work follows the philosophy and work of the Charter for Compassion and will continue to be be performed and offered as workshops in the coming months.  

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