Mary Ann Rund
After finishing her MFA program in 1988, Mary Ann continued her studies in NYC, concentrating on the Jose Limon technique and research at the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts. It was in NYC that she discovered the power of yoga and somatics. Today, both are incorporated into her teachings. While in NYC, Mary Ann danced in several productions at Dance Space, The Field, the Cunningham Studio, and City Hall in addition to producing a full evening of her work at the Ruth Currier Studio.
Returning to St. Louis, Mary Ann joined Suzanne Grace's Burning Feet Dance (1992-1997), followed by Gash/Voigt Dance Theatre (1998–2003). She taught dance and creative movement at Mary Institute & Country Day School for fourteen years, directing the Dance Club, producing the annual May Fete event, and choreographing musicals. Additional teaching includes Washington University Performing Arts Department since 1994, American College Dance Festival 2005, University of Missouri–St. Louis, Southern Illinois University–Edwardsville, Center of Creative Arts (COCA), Ballet Conservatory, Alexandra Ballet, St. Louis Ballet, Missouri Fine Arts Academy, TUNZA Environmental Conference 2004, Holy Trinity School, and the Wellness Center.
Along with Dawn Karlovsky, Mary Ann has taught an ongoing adult Community Modern Dance class since 1996. Mary Ann has produced/directed several concerts with colleagues in St. Louis including Moving Voices (2007) and Harvesting Grace (1999), both benefits for cancer programs, and Dance Detour (1996). Her choreography has been included in various venues such as Dance St. Louis's Contemporary Moves, Dancing in the Streets, Washington University's Dance Closeup, Dine on Dance, 60 x 60, Joan Lipkin's Women's Bodies, Women's Lives and Peace Out, Venus Envy, COCA's Faculty Concerts, SIUE's Dance In Concert, Young Audiences, Missouri Fine Arts Academy, Webster University's Dance Ensemble, Washington University's Dance Theatre, Florida Dance Festival, The Field in NYC, and the 2005 International Children's Environmental Conference.
Mary Ann believes in the authentic expression and honest experience of the deeper self through movement.