Mary Strum is a tour de force in dance education with more than 20 years teaching experience throughout the DC
    Metro Area.  A graduate of The University of Texas-Austin, Mary trained in multiple disciplines of dance while pursuing
    her Bachelor of Science degree in Communications. As a broadcast professional she worked for Public Broadcasting
    KUHT (Houston, TX), PBS Network (Alexandria, VA.) and as a broadcast promotions writer/producer for network affiliate
    stations KTXH & KRIV (Houston, TX).

    Embracing a dual career path that encompassed her love of the arts, Mary’s post graduate training in dance provided
    a diverse spectrum of integrated studies with dance visionaries that fortified her training and promoted the universal
    merits of dance for all  -- among them The Delia Stewart Dance Center & Dance Arts (Houston, TX), Joy of Motion Dance
    Center, Dance Place & Danceworks (DC), The Ailey School, Ailey Extension, Steps, and Broadway Dance Center (NYC).
    Her training led to positions as a teaching artist for studios and schools throughout the DC Metro area including Joy of
    Motion Dance Center, The Capital Hill Arts Workshop, Dance Place, The Ballet Studio,The Oxford Academy, the
    National Cathedral School and TC Williams High School.

    Mary became Owner and Artistic Director of The Ballet Studio (Alexandria Va.) in 2004 and expanded the Studio’s
    curriculum to include jazz, tap, Horton technique and hip hop for children and adults. In addition to her responsibilities
    at The Ballet Studio, as a freelance teaching artist and choreographer she brought her dance expertise to enrichment
    programs for the City of Alexandria Public Schools, Department of Recreation and various city and community events
    including Art on the Avenue, First Night Alexandria and the Scholarship fund of Alexandria.

    Dedicated to keeping the shared values and merits of dance training accessible to all, as Artistic Director for The
    Dancers Studio, Mary currently teaches dance classes offered in partnership with multiple venues in the DC Metro
    Area as she continues The Ballet Studio's 20 year tradition of providing dance training that teaches effectively,
    engages diverse learners, inspires creativity and supports personal, academic and workplace success.

“The Dancer's Studio is dedicated to providing quality training and
performance  opportunities to all who want to dance!  
We are passionate about dance and committed to upholding
the positive and therapeutic benefits of dance that support
each student’s physical, social and cognitive well-being.”
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