Modern Dance Lessons
Former dancer with the Limon Dance Company
NEW! Class for Teens
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Classes now in Session
Mondays, 12:30-1:45 PM
Pilates and More (129 Main Street, Dobbs Ferry, NY)
Wednesdays, 10:15-11:45 AM
Hastings Yoga (45 Main Street, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY)
Individual Class: $25.00
Multiple Class Cards:
(may be used for classes in any 16 week period):
10 classes $200 [$20/class]
20 classes $380 [$19/class]
Mary Ford-Sussman is a native of Minneapolis, Minnesota where she first experienced dance as an expressive and performing art through the training of Loyce Houlton, director of the Minnesota Dance Theatre. These early studies not only provided her with a solid foundation in ballet and modern technique and their aesthetics, but they also sparked a creative power in dance that has fed both inner explorations of imagination and outward sharing with others through performance, teaching and choreography throughout her life.
Ms. Ford-Sussman attended Smith College where she received a B.A., graduating with High Honors for her original choreography and written thesis in dance. After graduating in 1981, Mary moved to New York City to pursue a career as dancer and was fortunate to work with many companies and choreographers including the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, the Nancy Allison Dance Theater, The Yard, Paul Sanasardo, Colin Connor and Kun-Yang Lin. In 1993 Ms. Ford was invited to join the Mary Anthony Dance Theatre and was featured in many of Ms. Anthony’s masterworks including Threnody and Songs. Mary Anthony also created new works for Ms. Ford-Sussman in the critically acclaimedTabula Rasa (1996) in conjunction with fellow company member, Kun-Yang Lin, and the solo The Magdalen (1997). New York Times critic Jennifer Dunning praised Ford as “brimming over with the dance” in Tabula Rasa and “luminous” in The Magdalen. Ms. Ford-Sussman’s dancing has also been described as displaying “exceptional musicality, lyricism and joy.” In 1999 Mary Anthony invited Ms. Ford-Sussman to contribute her artistic talents toward the reconstruction of her own 1949 solo Lady Macbeth resulting in a chilling portrait of ambition twisted into madness. Ms. Ford-Sussman has performedLady Macbeth as a guest artist for the American Dance Legacy Performances (2005) in Saratoga, NY, The American Dance Guild (2005) in New York City, Dance Fusion (2006) in Philadelphia, PA, and The Limon Dance Company , Joyce Season (2008) in New York City, the Center for Modern Dance Education 50th Anniversary Gala (2012) in Hackensack, NJ and a Tribute to Mary Anthony, 92Y, New York City(2013).
In 1996, Ms. Ford-Sussman was invited to join The Limon Dance Company, finishing her tenure with the company in 2004. She performed works by such renowned choreographers as Doris Humphrey, Anthony Tudor, Murray Louis, Donald McKayle, Jiri Kylian, Doug Varone, Billy Siegenfeld, Mark Haim and Susanne Linke, among others. In the Limon repertory, Ms. Ford has been recognized for her outstanding performances inThe Moor’s Pavane, There is a Time, The Winged, Psalm and Doris Humphrey’sInvention. Working as an independent artist, Ms. Ford-Sussman continued to expand by learning and performing such stylistically diverse solos as Hadassah’s Shuvi Nafshi(1947) and the new Billy Siegenfeld solo, Plum.Yum. (2002).
Independently, Ms. Ford-Sussman produced a concert of her own solos and duets, “Mary Ford Dances” at the Cunningham Studio in 1995. Two solos from this concert, Out of the Lips of Silence (1995) and One Time Dust (1993) have been performed by Mary in other venues including the Schonberg Dancycle Concert at DIA Center for the Arts, American Dance Guild Presents, Tanzwochen Wien Festival in Vienna, Springfield College in Massachusetts, the 92nd Street Y, the Mary Anthony Dance Theatre and the Limon Dance Company. Mary furthered her creative development by producing solos and group works that have been performed with the Mary Anthony Dance Theatre, the Trinity Church Showcase, SUNY Buffalo, the 92nd Street Y and the Ceres Gallery. Ms. Ford-Sussman has been commissioned several times by Springfield College to create new works for their college/community dance company and was Guest Artist at the Masters School in 2012.
Ms. Ford-Sussman has taught modern dance and composition nationally and internationally throughout her tenure with the Limon Company and independently. Ms. Ford-Sussman has taught modern technique, composition, and at The Masters School, Dobbs Ferry, NY, SUNY Purchase, SUNY Buffalo, the High School of Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, Texas, Tanz Braunschweig in Germany, Springfield College, Talented Unlimited High School and LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts in New York City, the Limon Summer Program, Limon Institute and the Mary Anthony Dance Studio, and Dance and Theater Arts Studio, Dobbs Ferry, NY. In 2011, she co-directed the Repertory Project of the Young Dancemakers of New York City, teaching both Limon technique and repertory. Mary was also on the faculty of the Joffrey Ballet School teaching Contemporary Dance from 2011-2013. In 2007 Mary completed her CMA training at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute in New York City.
Ms. Ford-Sussman, along with her husband, William Ford-Sussman, was also the co-director and co-founder of the Price Performing Arts Company, a non-profit organization dedicated to the creation and production of extant and original dance, theatre and music works. PPAC has produced a week of performances at Lincoln Center’s Clark Studio Theater and several performances in various venues in the Rivertowns of Westchester, NY. Through PPAC, Ms. Ford-Sussman is also the co-director of the Echo Project, a program that brings New York City performing artists to the rural communities of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont to teach residents and perform.
Ms. Ford- Sussman was Vice President of Dance of RiverArts, where she has been the co-presenter of several successful Annual Dance Concerts featuring The Limon Dance Company (2008), RIOULT (2009, 2010) and Monica Bill Barnes & Company (2011). She also co-founded the Dance Conversation Series for RiverArts, which features documentaries on seminal figures in Modern Dance.