MARY LABIANCA - Creative Movement

Mary has been teaching dance for over 15 years and has worked with PreK thru
adult, in public schools, studio programs, community projects, and in higher
education. Her journey into teaching came from being inspired by seminal dance
educators to see the world through the lens of dance and movement potential.

Mary has a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from UNCA, an MFA in Dance and
Choreography from Mills College, and is finishing an MA in Dance Education with
advance K-12 licensure from UNCG.
She is a certified Yoga Teacher, Body Mind Dancing instructor and received a certificate in Bartenieff Fundamentals through the year long Laban Institute of Movement Studies. She is currently working on a Laban notation certificate through the Dance Notation Bureau in New York. 

As a dancer/choreographer she has worked with DC Dance Exchange, Push Dance Company, Ascension Dance, Chattanooga Dance Projects, Deep Roots Dance Collective, ACDT, Connie Schrader, Ann Law, Angela Sweet, Molissa Fenely, Kathleen McClintock, Anne Westwick, June Watanabe and Nina Haft. She has received support as a choreographer and teaching artist from Philadelphia Dance Projects in Pennsylvania and has presented and commissioned choreography in the San Francisco, Oakland, Philadelphia, Nashville and Chattanooga communities.

She utilizes her time during the summer to dance and be involved in dance projects as a way to recharge and feed her teaching and artistic interests. As educators she believes we must continue to ask questions, re-examine what we do and why we do it and put ourselves into the learning to learn. She loves to empower others as dance makers and curators of ideas through dancing, choreography and examining dance history.  She believes that everyone has a right to dance and should learn about dance from a variety of perspectives. Dance tells us about who we are, where we come from and how we reflect and channel the world around us. 

Outside of dance, Mary loves pottery and fiber arts. She is grateful to always find
inspiration from her children and husband.