ABOUT Mary (Login to Contact Mary )

I''m a college professor, widowed in 2009, . . . and love long walks on the beach (ha, ha!). I am an enthusiastic professor of American literature and teacher of writing, and enjoy my work with undergraduate students. Though I live in Fredericksburg, I don't mind driving the distance necessary to enjoy opportunities to dance (and improve my dancing).


I have been in GottaSwing classes since January 2012--starting with Joel & Valerie. Before that, I had been taking beginner ballroom dance classes. I've been enjoying intermediate classes with Tom & Debra and Dabe & Janelle, in addition to those taught by Joel & Valerie. I have had great fun dancing at the northern Virginia locations -- Nick's, the Dulles Hilton, Glen Echo, and the Carlyle Club. I am relatively new to social dancing.


I am a regular runner, pleased to say that I've finished over a dozen half marathons since 2010. But I have lots of other interests.

Dance Styles

Balboa Boogie Woogie Bop
Carolina Shag Charleston Collegate Shag
Dallas Push Hand Dancing Imperial
Jitterbug Lindy Hop Other
St. Louis Shag West Coast Swing


80s Rock Big Band Swing Boogie Woogie
Gypsy Jazz Jazz Motown
Neo-swing Other Rock & Roll
Rythm & Blues