Mary Strum, owner and artistic director of The Ballet Studio, brings more than 25 years’
experience as a dance educator, to the Alexandria Delray area. A graduate of The University of Texas-Austin,
Mary trained in dance while pursuing her Bachelor of Science degree in Communications/radio, television and
film.  As a broadcast professional she worked for KUHT, Public Broadcasting in Houston Texas, PBS network
in Alexandria, VA, and as a writer/producer for Fox television, also in Houston.

   Mary’s post graduate studies in dance included training at nationally recognized studios, among them the
Delia Stewart Dance Center and Dance Arts in Houston, and The Ailey.Extension, Steps and Broadway
Dance Center in New York. She continued her training while also serving on staff as a Dance instructor for
numerous studios and schools throughout the Washington DC/tri state area including Dance Place, Joy of
Motion, The Capital Hill Arts Workshop, The Oxford Academy and the National Cathedral School.

    In 1996 Mary brought her expertise in dance education to programs for the City of Alexandria’s Department
of Recreation and the children’s dance program at the YMCA in Alexandria. She became owner and artistic
director of The Ballet Studio in 2004 and expanded the studio’s curriculum to include jazz, tap, modern and hip
hop dance for children and adults. .  Continuing her commitment to broaden awareness of Dance and its
positive and therapeutic effect on physical and mental well-being, Mary has worked with Alexandria Public
Schools as an Intersession Dance Educator  and as choreographer for  the TC Williams High School
production of
Crazy for You.

    In addition to pursuing her goal to educate and motivate a new generation of dancers, Mary is a freelance
editor and writer and fittingly, the very proud mother of ‘Triple-Threat’ dancer, and  Temple University honors
student,  Lora.   
“The Ballet 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.”