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Mary Naftal
Mary Naftal

President, Artistic Director

Not only has Mary been teaching dance to students of all ages for the over 40 years, she also earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education with Specializations in Early Childhood Education and Dance. Mary’s dedicated work as an educator has been recognized with many awards and acknowledgments in Dance Studio Life Magazine, Dance Teacher Magazine, “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers”, and an Islip Small Business Award. Mary directs and teaches the award winning competition team. They have been seen on Channel 12 News, performing in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Norwegian Cruise Line Tour in Bermuda, and Las Vegas. Mary’s Choreography has won numerous awards such as “Best Choreography”, “Best Studio Sportsmanship”, “Judge’s Choice” and many special and high score awards. Mary also continues her education in the field of dance by attending nationally recognized workshops and seminars lead by top choreographers and dance instructors. Her love for dance and passion for teaching is what makes Dance Connection a place where everyone no matter what age or ability has a chance to dance. Mary is a proud member of the Panel of Experts, Dance Educators of America, the National Dance Education Organization, and the New York State Dance Education Association.


News & Features

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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