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Mary Naftal
Mary Naftal

President, Artistic Director

Mary Naftal has been teaching dance to students of all ages for over 40 years.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education with Specializations in Early Childhood Education and Dance.  Mary’s dedicated work as an educator has been recognized by Dance Studio Life Magazine, Dance Teacher Magazine, Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, and an Islip Small Business Award.  Before founding Dance Connection, Mary worked as a substitute school teacher and as the corporate Training Administrator for Empire of NY Bank.  In addition to her work at the studio, Mary is the President/Founder of the Penny Prima brand of products and classes, the Artistic Director of the Making Wishes Grow Performance Initiative, and has taught seminars for studio owners across the country.  Mary is a proud member of Dance Educators of America, the National Dance Education Organization, the New York State Dance Education Association, and the Suffolk County Women’s Business Enterprise Coalition.

News & Features

Dance Connection Launches Penny Prima™ Brand
Mr. Joe Presents at the Energize 2019 Conference
Living Our “DanceLife” to the Fullest
DC Behind the Scenes: Making The Lion King – Choreography
Record-breaking Recital Company Auditions, Once Again
Getting to Know You: Miss Mary!
Dance Connection helps to Energize in Chicago!
Local Dance Studio Experts on National Conference Panel
Backstage at Recital: The Making of Beauty and the Beast
Backstage at Recital: The Making of Hard Knock Life
Bringing “Arctic Blast” Back to the Stage
It’s National “Thank A Dance Teacher” Day!
57 Students Auditioned for Recital Company
Miss Mary’s Words to Dance By
Getting to Know You: Miss Mary!
How to prepare for your very first dance class!
Which DC Teacher are You?
Dancers perform at Make-A-Wish Gala
Competition Team Performs at National Believe Day!
Dancers Inc Nationals 2016 Results
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