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
Steps on Broadway
On Stage Blog