Mary Sherman has been involved in the dance arts for over 50 years. Having started dancing at the age of seven, Mary has studied with some of Michigan most renowned teachers: Sam Lovett, Amy Ingham, Claudann Solwald and Rose Marie Floyd. In 1976, after graduating from Oakland University with a B.A. in Sociology, Mary founded the Romeo Civic Dance Center and in 1978 the Romeo Civic Ballet Company. She has had the pleasure of training many successful dancers whose careers have taken them to professional companies such as the Joffrey Ballet, St. Louis Ballet and Ballet Met. Her students have received awards and scholarships both nationally and through the Cecchetti Council of America of which she is a Qualified Teacher Licentiate and a pass General Board member. She currently teaches the Cecchetti Method Grades I- VII.
Over the years Mary has furthered her dance education by studying in New York, Chicago, Oakland University, Michigan State University and Hope College. She has produced between 45 and 50 productions, including the Nutcracker Ballet. In 1990, she was named Michigan Dance Teacher of the Year by the Michigan Council for the Arts. Mary remained director of RCDC till 2001 and has continued to teach at local dance schools. Currently she is leader of the Almont Vineyard Church Dancers. She became Co-Assistant Artistic director of the Macomb Ballet Company in 2007 and has performed cameo roles in their recent productions of “Cinderella” and “Snow White” and “Wizard of Oz.” She is the recent recipient of the Jane Miller Scholarship awarded by the Cecchetti Council of America which enabled her to attend their annual teacher seminar in Holland, Michigan.