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Mary Manzella is a well known dance instructor in the San Diego area as well as throughout the entire continental United States, Hawaii and Canada. She has competed, taught workshops and judged at major national dance conventions including the US Open West Coast Swing Dance Championships. She is a former Western Regional and National Swing Dance Champion and has received special awards for Best Individual Footwork, Showmanship, Choreography, Timing and Execution as well as Best Female Teacher. Mary is also the first female teacher from San Diego inducted into the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame. She was the owner of Emerald Ballroom in San Diego. Mary teaches all forms of American style Ballroom and social dance, but she is most recognized as a specialist in teaching West Coast Swing including Motion Study, Timing, Syncopations and Musicality. Mary is a member of the Golden State Dance Teachers Association.
Mary has been credited with many firsts in the San Diego dance community. She was the first independent teacher to choreograph elaborate dance formation routines for her students and host exquisite dance showcases. Mary, and her former partner, Lowell Gosser, were the first couple from San Diego to win a National Championship in West Coast Swing. She and Lowell were the first people to introduce Argentine Tango to the San Diego dance community during the late 1980’s. Mary has been featured in Dance Teacher News Magazine
, on the cover of Dance Action National Magazine
, several newspaper articles and television shows.
Formerly as an elementary school teacher for 12 years, Mary produced and directed elaborate dance routines for several Mother’s Day programs with more than 60 elementary school children participating. She has also received a Certificate of Recognition from the California State Legislature for her contribution to dance in the San Diego region.
During the 1990’s, Mary performed for such notable people as Donald O’Connor, Tony Martin, Cid Charisse, Ann Margaret, Connie Stevens and Pilar Wayne (the late John Wayne’s wife) to name just a few. Mary has been called a legend by notables in the dance community, but she prefers to be known as just someone who loves to share the joys of dance with everyone! Her strength as a teacher stems from her fun, exuberant personality and her sincere concern for the progress of her students.
As president of the North County Swing and Ballroom Club, Mary presently teaches classes and presents weekly Ballroom, Latin and Swing dance parties on Wednesday evenings at the “Dance for 2” Studio, 7528 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92111. Visit her website www.marymanzellaproductions.com
or call her at 619-229-0141. Be sure to ask her about private lessons, her Dance Cruises and Wedding First Dance Programs.
Mary is currently the Commissioner for the San Diego Senior (age 50 and above) Ballroom Dance Olympic Games scheduled for September of 2012.