Mary Chris DeBelina Doyle’s focus since 2008 has been primarily teaching children creative dance and raising her growing family. MC studied Biology and Dance at Dartmouth College (B.A. 2005) and combined her two passions at Sarah Lawrence College receiving an MFA in Dance (2008). Her thesis work focused on the links between science and art.
Mary Chris founded the Hopkins Center’s Children’s Creative Dance Program at Dartmouth in 2005 and taught every class until 2012 when her family relocated to Philadelphia. As a faculty member at Dartmouth she was fortunate to perform with, and choreograph for, the Dartmouth Dance Theater Ensemble and she was a frequent guest teacher in the advanced modern dance classes.
In Philadelphia, MC was fortunate to meet Keila Cordova and was introduced to Dance for PD. She attended the Teacher Training Workshop in Brooklyn in 2013, taught classes in Philadelphia and is excited to be teaching at MSAC this fall.
Now in Vermont, MC teaches, dances and performs wherever and whenever she can. She teaches at The Everything Space and Contemporary Dance and Fitness Studio.
MC (b.1982) was raised in Chicago, Illinois. She attributes her passion, talents, and interests to her greatest teachers: Mary Lee and Jim DeBelina, Brian Doyle, Ford Evans, Melinda Evans, Rob McClung, Sara Rudner, Emily Devine, Rose Anne Thom, and Peggy Gould. Mary Chris finds dance in everything and currently her biggest inspirations are her four children.
Hello Community! A little background - I earned an MFA from Smith College, a BA from Keene State College, and a diploma in dance studies from London's Trinity Laban Conservatoire. After graduate school, I left New England for New York City, navigated the modern dance scene, fronted a few bands, met my partner and had a baby! After years of swirling around NYC, our little family moved to Ardmore, a suburb of Philadelphia. While pushing the stroller in my new neighborhood, I discovered an idyllic, one-acre park and "park dancing" was born! I began facilitating community dance events inspired by Fluxus art that continued for over three years and gained a following. Alas, we desired a more rural setting for our son's upbringing. My husband, son, shih-tzu and I decided on making Montpelier our home, and we're officially four years in. I look forward to crossing paths with you. Feel free to connect with me via email!
I am a native Vermonter who is passionate about all aspects of dance. I currently teach classes at Contemporary Dance and Fitness Studio in Montpelier - ballet, contemporary ballet, and modern. In addition to teaching, I am always developing my own choreography.
Noah Witke Mele is a queer artist/performer/writer. His works strives to blur the line between life and art. Noah has been featured at Phantom Theater, the Helen Day Art Center, Ello, and Balaclava.Q. Noah is a certified master teacher in DEEP [Death Electric Emo Protest] AEROBICS by Miguel Gutierrez. His favorite food might be chocolate cake.