Mary Paul

Mary Paul

Director of Dance

Mary Paul

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3226 Old Main

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Meg Paul brings a wealth of significant professional experience in classical and contemporary ballet and Broadway performance, choreography, and teaching artistry. Her career spans four decades and encompasses a wide range of national and international experience in performance, choreography, directing, teaching, program development, community engagement, and arts management.

Paul has worked closely with important dance pioneers in the field and has performed master works from the repertoire and artistic direction of Gerald Arpino, Robert Joffrey, Twyla Tharp and Dwight Rhoden, to works by Petipa, Ashton, Nijinsky, Massine, Balanchine, Forsythe, and Alonzo King. She was a principal dancer with The Joffrey Ballet/NYC and has extensive national and international touring credits. Paul performed both leading roles and served on the creative team and as dance captain for Twyla Tharp’s Tony award-winning Broadway musical, Movin’ Out. Her awards include The Princess Grace Award, winner of The International Dance Competition of the Americas, Detroit Renaissance Hero Award, Sue Nine Endowment for Faculty Achievement Award, Wayne State University’s College of Fine, Performing, and Communication Arts Teaching Award, and the Copperfoot Award. Co-founder of World Arts Inc., Paul’s New York City-based performing arts agency celebrated a decade of representing and producing tours for national and international companies including Nacho Duato’s Compania Nacional De Danza, Les Ballets De Monte Carlo, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Les Grand Ballets Canadian, Dance Cuba, Les Ballets Africains, Washington Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, and more.

As Director of Dance with the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Paul curated and directed National City Stars of Ballet and Broadway, which engaged hundreds of local performers and pre-professionals to train and perform with ballet and Broadway professionals. For her work on National City Stars of Ballet and Broadway, Paul was honored as a recipient of the Detroit Renaissance Hero Award by the Detroit Free Press. During her tenure, she curated, directed, and produced Music Hall’s annual 313 Choreography Expo highlighting Detroit’s creative impact with other major cities. 313 Choreography Expo served as an incubator and career launchpad for many local Detroit artists and companies while fostering artistic collaborations, dance education, and community engagement.

Currently, Paul is Director of Dance for the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance and serves as BFA advisor and coordinator of dance recruitment and ballet curriculum. Since her full-time appointment in 2010, Paul has curated and directed the Complexions Detroit Summer Intensive at Wayne State University. Concurrently, Paul serves as rehearsal director for Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Academy Director at Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Academy, ballet faculty at Spotlight Dance Works and Viva Dance Co, ballet faculty for Adrenaline and Revive Conventions, and teaches masterclasses worldwide. Paul choreographs at the collegiate level, pre-professional level, and for professional dance companies. Dwight Rhoden's Hissy Fits and Paul's work, seed, both staged and choreographed for the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance, were selected for the National American College Dance Association gala performances at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., 2014 and 2016.

Paul is certified in Vinyasa Yoga, Progressing Ballet Technique, and Youth Protection Advocates in Dance. She recently launched her new coaching and mentorship program Moving In: The Art of Presence for Peak Performance.

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