Who, me?

I’m Mary (aka “The Dance Journalist”): a professional dancer and freelance writer based in New York City.  I graduated with a self-designed degree in Writing Dance from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and am currently finishing up my master’s in Performing Arts Administration at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

When I moved to New York City in 2011, I couldn't afford the cost of performance tickets and dance classes. So, I started writing reviews in exchange for comp tickets and blogs in exchange for work-study classes. My hustle quickly turned into a passion and, as I built my "portfolio," more opportunities started to pop up. My love for dance and for writing have dovetailed into one: The Dance Journalist.

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 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

The American Musical and Dramatic Academy

Dance Informa Magazine

Jo & Jax

So Danca

Steps on Broadway

On Stage Blog


LaDuca Shoes

Press about The Dance Journalist? #meta

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Youth Theatre Podcast

Sophie Davies meets professional dancer Mary Callahan. Mary has danced on stages and sets across the country - including the National Tour of "Bullets Over Broadway," TV's "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," a Neon Trees music video, and New York Fashion Week. Mary is also a professional writer, discussing dance both in national publications and her blog “The Dance Journalist.” 

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Live, Breathe, Dance

Leslie Campos, a PR major at William Patterson University, interviewed Mary—The Dance Journalist—for her senior capstone project: Live, Breathe, Dance.

© 2020 by Mary Callahan