VDA Artist Profile #71

Mary Chris DeBelina

Mary Chris DeBelina’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 met 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 at The Everything Space and Contemporary Dance & Fitness Studio. She dances with Willow Wonder, Isadora Snapp and Hannah Dennison. MC also tries to find time to make her own work.

Mary Chris finds dance in everything and currently her biggest inspirations are her four children.