WASHINGTON, DC (JANUARY 13, 2020) – With much excitement, Joy of Motion Dance Center announces the appointment of Mary Chase as its fifth Executive Director following an extensive, nation-wide search. She will succeed Julie Meyer, who has been serving as our Interim Executive Director since May 2019.
Mary Chase is a dance educator, administrator, and artist. She is trained as a Laban Movement Analyst and Bartenieff Fundamentals Practitioner and holds an MFA in dance from UT Austin and BFA from the University of Illinois. Her teaching and administrative style braids tradition with innovation. Since 2001, Mary has held positions at Kansas State University, the University of Texas at Austin, Austin Peay State University and The University of Tampa, American Ballet Theatre (summer intensive), Tapestry Dance Company, SpectorDance, Carmel Performing Arts Academy, Contempo and Suncoast Dance Theatre. She has been a guest teaching artist at Monterey Peninsula College, Denver Metro State University, The University of Mississippi and EuroLab in Berlin, Germany. She directed the dance programs at McCallum Fine Arts Academy in Austin, TX and Merrill International School in Denver, Colorado and is thrilled to bring her expertise and dedication to openly inclusion dance education to Joy of Motion as the Executive Director.
National Steinbeck Center, in the Dance Barn in Wilton, New Hampshire, or recently at Chase Public in Cincinnati, every place Mary has lived and worked has been an opportunity to grow towards cultural inclusion as a compassionate global citizen and artist. As a charter for compassion, Mary’s dance-making process Adapt/Synthesize/Create and her touring work The Breath of the Compassionate has become a driving force. Her process, in part, is motivated by experiences performing for acclaimed artists like Tandy Beal, Claire Porter, David Justin, Karl Schaffer, Josephine Garibaldi, Tara Rynders, and Helen Hansen French.
We are thrilled that Mary has joined the Joy of Motion team, and know that under her leadership Joy of Motion will not only thrive and grow but will continue tobring high-quality dance education to more and more diverse students in the greater DC area.
Founded in 1976, Joy of Motion Dance Center provides high-quality dance education and performance experiences that reinforce the principle that the art of Dance is for Everyone. Joy of Motion is committed to building strong, healthy communities of people who dance professionally and avocationally, attend dance performances, and who support dancers at all ages and stages of development.