WHO WE ARE
Mary Carbonara has been teaching for 30 years, working with children, young adults, adult beginners and aspiring and seasoned professionals. Mary's teaching is based on the pedagogical methods of Master Teacher Lynn Simonson, with whom she trained for nearly a decade, and incorporates aspects of the Cunningham and Horton Techniques. For her youth classes she is inspired by all her years of training and performing, as well as by the examples of master teachers Anne Green Gilbert and Sheila Kogan.
Mary received her B.A. from Barnard College and her M.F.A. in Performance and Choreography from Mills College. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of the critically acclaimed performing ensemble Mary Carbonara Dances (founded in 2004) and is a former member of Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, Robert Moses' Kin, Liss Fain Dance and Project Bandaloop. Mary has served on the boards of Robert Moses' Kin and Dancers' Group and is currently on the board of the San Francisco Dance Film Festival.
In addition to teaching and choreographing, Mary has been providing full service public relations representation to performing arts clients throughout the Bay Area and Northern California since 1996. She has managed successful campaigns for such clients as Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, Robert Moses' Kin, PUSH Dance Company, Jess Curtis/Gravity, Risa Jaroslow & Dancers, KUNST-STOFF arts, Company C Contemporary Ballet, Savage Jazz Dance Company, Committee on Black Performing Arts/Stanford University, Bad Unkl Sista, and the San Francisco Zen Center. Mary began her public relations career in 1991 under the mentorship of David Landis at Landis Communications where she was Account Executive for clients such as ODC Dance, Joe Goode Performance Group, Committee to Restore the San Francisco Opera House, The Flood Building, Old Navy, and PIER 39, before moving on to obtain her M.F.A. in Dance at Mills College. Later, while pursuing her own dance career, Mary worked with Jon Finck at Encore Communications, representing clients such as Smuin Ballet, Oakland Ballet, Oakland East Bay Symphony and many more.
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Since founding Robert Moses' Kin in 1995 in San Francisco, choreographer Robert Moses has created numerous works of varying styles and genres for his highly praised dance company. His work explores topics ranging from oral traditions in African American culture (Word of Mouth, 2002), the life, times, and work of author James Baldwin (Biography of Baldwin, 2003), and the dark side of contemporary urban culture (Cause, 2004), to the nuanced complexities of parentage and identity (The Cinderella Principle, 2010), and the simple joys of the expressive power of pure movement (Toward September, 2009).
Moses has worked collaboratively with numerous artists and organizations, among them Julia Adam, Margaret Jenkins, Alonzo King, Sara Shelton Mann, Joanna Haigood, SoVoSo, Marcus Shelby, Keith Terry, Frank Boehm, Will Power, Somei Yoshino Taiko Ensemble, Bill Morrison, Ann Galjour, David Worm, Kid Beyond and Youth Speaks. Since 2008 Moses has composed original scores for several of his dances.
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