Founded and owned by long-time, once professional dancer/singer Mary Ann Wolfe-Barrington, MAC's philosophy is to have fun while learning in a positive environment where dancers can be themselves and be creative and experience the art of singing, dancing or acting. We teach students to take the disciplines of performing and apply it to their everyday lives to help them build self-confidence and self-esteem.
Dance has changed so much in the last 25 years, and we work hard to keep up with the times by introducing new material and routines that are fresh and up-to-date.
MAC Dance Studio performs two shows a year, December and June, and we are always available and happy to perform for nursing homes or parties. So please, come join us for some fun because we have classes for all ages and all levels of ability!
OWNER AND DIRECTOR
Mary Ann is the owner-director of Mary Ann & Company Dance and Music Studio. A former professional singer and dancer for over 25 years, Mary Ann also choreographed the Pittsburgh Steelerettes and Don (Chef) Brockett Productions. She has performed in the U.S. and overseas doing industrials, commercials and shows, as well as Civic Light Opera, Pittsburgh Playhouse, Odd-Chair Playhouse, Ben Gross Dinner Theater, and "Cater-Cousins" Children's Television. She also toured off-Broadway in and around the Boston Area. Mary Ann studied, as a child, with Nita Shaw, then as a teen joined jazz with the Mario Melodia Performing Arts Center and ballet and tap at Point Park College with Charlotte Mady and Carol Knight.
Emily began dancing at the age of two with Mary Ann & Co. Dance and Music Studio. Her list of studies while there include ballet, tap, jazz, acrobatics, and hip-hop. She also has several years of twirling experience, taking lessons from Bernadette Nemeth. She has also performed with the Steel Valley Visual Ensemble, and is now one of their instructors. Emily also studied dance at Slippery Rock University and has choreographed numerous modern pieces for their concerts. She graduated from Slippery Rock in December 2008 with a BA in dance.
Samantha has called MAC Studio her home since she was four. This is where her love of dance began. She also studied theater and dance at Point Park College, USF, Labco and CCAC, where she appeared in numerous productions and graduated in 2001. She was a back-up dancer for Radio Disney and Razor records in Tampa, Florida, and was the choreographer for The McKeesport Little Theatre Juniors, and is currently choreographing for The Grande Theater in Elizabeth, Pennsylvania.
Ms. DiMarco began dancing at age 3. Her early training began in and around the Pittsburgh area. In 2009 DiMarco was accepted into Point Park University’s Pre-Professional Dance Program where she began to pursue a career with dance. Ms. DiMarco is currently enrolled as a full time student at La Roche College as a Dance Major with a concentration in ballet. She prides herself on artistic and academic excellence. DiMarco has been featured as a solo artist at the Byham Theater and has had the pleasure to work with esteemed artists that include Anjali Austin and Jim Martin. Ms. DiMarco has also choreographed works for the La Roche College Spring Gala. She is currently interning at the Ellis School as a guest choreographer. Ms. DiMarco continues to dance and teach around the Pittsburgh area and is thrilled to begin her fourth year of instructing at MAC Dance Studio.
Lia began dancing at MAC Studio at the age of 2, where she studied ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, acrobatics, and tap. At the age of 13, she began studying ballet and pointe at Point Park University, where she also performed in several ballet productions. Most recently, Lia had the opportunity to dance the lead role in the ballet, "Paquita." In addition, she has studied dance production and choreography at CCAC. Lia can also be found choreographing for Wilson Christian Academy's high school musicals, and dancing at local churches and outreaches. When she is not teaching, Lia enjoys taking dance classes at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and other studios in the Pittsburgh area.