Mary Jo Parker started dancing at the age of two in Worcester, Massachusetts, dancing competitively for the Charlotte Klien Dance Company. Her dancing, choreography, & her students have all been recognized on both regional and national levels. Professionally, her career began in New York City. She was she was cast in numerous Off Broadway shows, including Thin Line, Automatic Superstar, and The Donkey Show. New York was also the birth place of her teaching career. She taught at Ballet Academy East, under master teachers like, Peter Frame, Darla Hoover, Olga Dvorovenko, and Francis Patrelle. Her students there have since gone on to professional careers with New York City Ballet, Miami City Ballet, & American Ballet Theater. After years of working professionally in New York City she relocated & got back to her roots by teaching and choreographing for various award winning competitive teams & studios along the east coast!
Mary Jo is currently Director of Step Ahead Dance Company, in North Carolina and strives to provide an innovation and liveliness to teaching classic technique. Her passion for teaching and the art of choreography is undeniable, and her vivacious personality is magnetic