Mary Carbonara

Mary Carbonara has been teaching for nearly three decades, working with aspiring and seasoned professionals, teens, adult beginners and children. She has been on the faculty of Alonzo King LINES Dance Center since 2002 where she teaches modern dance to absolute beginners through professionals, and pedagogy through the LINES Ballet Training Program since 2010, where she launched the first LINES Ballet Teen Program and where she is currently the Associate Director of Community Programs. Mary leads the annual Teachers’ Laboratory at the Bates Dance Festival and has taught on the faculties of San Francisco Ballet, American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.), ODC School, UC Davis, Mills College, San Jose State University, East Carolina University, Santa Clara University, and around the world, including New York, Chicago, Tallahassee, Tokyo and Kolkata, India.

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 with an emphasis on injury prevention and rehabilitation. Her work with children is inspired by these methods as well as the creative movement approach of Anne Green Gilbert. 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, Lisa Fain Dance and Project Bandaloop.

Mary is co-owner with choreographer Robert Moses of Studio 200 (, a dance school and teacher training space in San Francisco and is the founder and director of Hamster Dance Academy, a dance and movement program for San Francisco children 3 to 16 years old.

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