Bates Dance Festival Teacher Training Workshop 

Lewiston, Maine

July 21 - 28, 2018

Mary leads the Teacher Training Workshop, a 7-day intensive embedded in the Festival’s Professional Training Program that offers practicing dance educators a chance to refresh and renew their passion for teaching. Dance educators will gain valuable new insights and information to enhance their classroom and creative work and fortify their core teaching values.  Mary welcomed to the 2017 workshop guest teaching artists Shamou (pictured), David Dorfman, and Patrick Ferrari.  

Know-It-All Performance and Process Intensive

@ Studio 200

Led by Mary Carbonara and Heidi Carlsen

June 18-22, 9am-4pm

How do you know what you know?  How can you move beyond the student mind-set and begin dancing and performing with a knowing body?  When does practice become habit? Which habits are worth breaking and which should you retain? This workshop is for adult intermediate dancers looking to invest more deeply in technique, improvisation, composition, and the development of performance skills through an investigation of their own learning, practice and self- assessment using methods from both dance and theater.


Full Week:  $350

Per day Drop-In: $75

Morning Technique Only (9-11am): $20 per day

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Teachers' Workshop

Led by Mary Carbonara, with Erik Wagner (Ballet ) and James Graham (Gaga)

Thurs., August 1 and Fri., August 2, 10am-4pm

A two-day workshop for teachers and aspiring teachers working with teens and adults. The focus will be on class construction - how to put together a class that includes technique, conditioning and performance skills. 
This workshop is intended to be one of mutual sharing in a laboratory setting: teachers are encouraged to try things out, share what has been successful for them, pose questions to the group and gain peer mentoring over the course of the two days. We will address various aspects of content like: healthy alignment, turn-out, range of motion, stretching and strengthening, vocabulary, expression, music, etc. We will also address teaching skills like: language, how to demonstrate, how to use/not use the mirror, how to give a correction, how to modify for different bodies and abilities, how to guide your students to work with certain injuries, etc.

No teaching experience is required. Participants should have an intermediate level of dance training (any style) or better.  Pre-registration is required.

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Residency with Sapphire Creations
Kolkata, India
March 17-April 1, 2017
Mary heads to Kolkata, India to teach at the Sapphire Creations Academy and to create a new work on Sapphire Creations Dance Company to be performed at the Minerva Theater in Kolkata on March 30.

Debuted in 2002, Mary Carbonara Dances (MCD), was in residence at ODC Theater from 2004 to 2007, during which time the company created and performed three world premiere works, Deflecting Faith (2004), The Beggar’s Table (2005) and Every Second (2007).  MCD is the recipient of six Zellerbach Family Fund Grants (2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2011) and has been presented by ODC Theater, West Wave Dance, Summerfest/Dance, San Jose Dance Works, Spector Dance, Summerfest/Dance, Dance Mosaic, San Jose Dance Works, Dancers’ Group’s Local Choreographers Series, as part of Venue 9’s Women’s Work Series, the Monterey Dance Festival, Central Market Arts Festival, KUNST-STOFF arts fest, RAW Dance Concept Series, and as a guest company in Kimiko Guthrie’s installation project, MamaLove, presented by Dandelion Dance Theater and Shawl Anderson Dance Center.


What Does It Feel Like to Kill Someone? (2011)
Part I
soon and briefly (2016)
Fiction (2015)
Cripple Wall (2013)
Part 2

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Karin Asensio, Victor Talledos, Lynne Fried, Don Albonico