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Mary Wolff

Choreography; Dance History; Senior Seminar Faculty

Mary Wolff received her B.A. in history and philosophy from Duquesne University and her M.A. in folklore from Indiana University. Her M.A. in dance performance and choreography from the University of California, Los Angeles also included work in the dance ethnology and media-dance areas.

Wolff has choreographed many works based on European and American folk and social dance cultures for Mandala Folk Dance Ensemble (Boston), Westwind International Folk Dance Ensemble (San Francisco), Walt Disney World’s Epcot Center and The Christmas Revels (Cambridge, Massachusetts). Her folk and vernacular dance works have been presented at international festivals in England, France, Sweden and Canada and can be seen in the feature film, Once Around (Universal Pictures) and Celebrate: A Time to Dance (WGBH, Boston).

Her contemporary, modern dance works have been performed by regional ballet companies Arizona Dance Theater and Southwest Chamber Ballet, by student and faculty dancers at the University of Arizona, The Boston Conservatory and Bridgewater State University and as part of the American College Dance Festival Association’s regional conferences and the National College Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

Wolff has received choreographic grants from the Massachusetts Council for the Arts and Humanities and the Arizona Commission on the Arts. She has also served as a dance adjudicator for state arts funding agencies in Arizona and Rhode Island. 

A long time dance educator, Wolff is particularly interested in the intersection of dance theory and practice and has created courses on topics in world dance and history that reflect this approach to dance studies. She is a member of the Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS) and the Congress on Research in Dance (CORD) and has been a faculty member or guest lecturer at the University of Arizona, Tufts University and Bridgewater State College University.

In addition to teaching, Wolff curates and produces the annual concerts of student choreography, Spring Works. She is also the academic advisor for junior and senior dance majors and serves on several departmental and conservatory-wide advisory committees.

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