Mary S. Burns, Ph.D.
Proper Technique for all! 


A brief history  of Mary...

An instructor of movement for almost thirty years in colleges & professional dance studios in NYC, Texas & Chicago, including Ballet Chicago, Joffrey Ballet, & Lou Conte/Hubbard Street Dance, Mary now works regularly with NYC’s wellness and dance community regularly in injury prevention/rehabilitation. A faculty member of DNA, with the BA and MA from Columbia University in Dance (with an Economics minor thrown in for her business side!), Mary always has both sides of the brain working - that led her to a Ph.D. in Dance Education from NYU’s School of Education. A perpetual student, Mary is certified in multiple dance techniques, including Simonson dance technique, and teacher certified in Evans/Bartenieff technique. A BASI full apparatus (2008) Pilates for Dancers Specialist, with the PMA certification as well (2010), Mary has been a Pilates addict herself for almost thirty years! Mary’s career is dual-fold; assisting dancers and us regular humans in technique improvement to decrease rate of injury; and increase teacher knowledge in anatomy, kinesiology & movement analysis, for safer teaching from the start!  Her lecture presentations include multiple works at Performing Arts Medical Association (PAMA) ; NDEO, NYSDEA (where she was Treasurer of the Board for two terms!) and she was invited by PAMA as the Dance Research Specialist for a ten day research tour of the country for now three trips!

A few pictures...of my joys of life - teaching, research, and dancing!

Teaching in Cuba; 2011 & 2014:


Teaching in Dallas, TX in 2004 - a Simonson-based dance class after my TJC kids' magnificent performance at the festival!

Detailed Biography, Curriculum Vita available,
with videos & references, upon request!