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Mary Wolff

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In addition to mentoring young choreographers, I am interested in exploring the intersection of dance theory and practice and in developing courses that are based in this kind of investigation.

Mary Wolff was a member of the Boston Conservatory faculty from 1976-1982 and rejoined the faculty in 1988. She teaches courses in dance composition, dance history, and senior seminar.

During her long career, Wolff has worked as a dancer and choreographer in multiple dance genres including ballet, modern dance, opera, and traditional dance. Her work has been commissioned by Arizona Dance Theater, Southwest Chamber Ballet (Tucson), Mandala Folk Dance Ensemble (Boston), Westwind International Folk Dance Ensemble (San Francisco), Walt Disney World’s Epcot Center, The Christmas Revels (Cambridge, Massachusetts), and others. Her pieces for students have been performed at the American College Dance Association’s regional festivals and the National College Dance Festival, Kennedy Center, Washington, DC. Wolff has toured internationally as a dancer, choreographer, and researcher, most recently in Eastern Europe. Her folk and vernacular dance works have been presented at festivals in England, France, Sweden and Canada and can be seen in the feature film Once Around (Universal Pictures) and Celebrate: A Time to Dance (WGBH, Boston).

Wolff has received choreographic grants from the Massachusetts Council for the Arts and Humanities and the Arizona Commission on the Arts. She has also served as a dance adjudicator for state arts funding agencies in Arizona and Rhode Island. 

In addition to teaching, Wolff curates and produces the conservatory's annual concerts of student choreography, WinterWorks and the Senior Dance Concert. She is also an academic advisor, has served on the Dean’s Council and other departmental and conservatory-wide advisory committees.

Wolff received a B.A. in history and philosophy from Duquesne University, and holds an M.A. in folklore from Indiana University and an M.A. in dance performance and choreography from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a member of numerous dance organizations and has been a faculty member or guest lecturer at the University of Arizona, Tufts University, Bridgewater State University, and New England Conservatory.

Recent Notable Works

  • WinterWorks (Boston Conservatory, 2016)—Producer
  • WinterWorks (Boston Conservatory, 2015)—Producer
  • Still Here: Senior Dance Concert (Boston Conservatory, 2016)—Producer
  • Our Write to Fly: Senior Dance Concert (Boston Conservatory, 2015)—Producer Lan·guage Les·sons: Senor Dance Concert (Boston Conservatory, 2014)—Producer