Mary Love Ward holds an MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Florida State University, a BS in Biology with a minor degree in dance from Winthrop University, and is a certified Pilates trainer through the Physical Mind Institute. Ms. Ward began her professional dance career in Washington, DC performing for several seasons with two of the city’s established contemporary companies. As a company dancer with Carla & Company, she toured the north-east performing repertory from a variety of nationally recognized contemporary choreographers. While in DC she also danced with the post-modern based company Dance Antonini, which performed in the National Improvisation Festival and various site-specific works. More recently she has danced with Fuzion Dance Artists, Mary Love Dance Projects (MLDP) a research-based company she also directed, and Moving Testimony a ministry based dance ensemble. With MLDP she toured the east coast and appeared in a broadcast Ted (X) production. Ms. Ward’s choreography has been presented nationally and abroad in The Florida Dance Festival, West Fest Dance Festival (NYC), NewGrounds (FL), The DUMBO Dance Festival (NYC), CoolNY Dance Festival, DC Art-O-Matic, The South Carolina Dance Festival, Atlanta Blabbermouth Dance Festival, The Shift Orlando, The Jacksonville Dance Film Festival, The Gateway Center for the Arts (FL), and internationally in the Dominican Republic. She has also been commissioned to set work at Darton College, Daytona State College, and the pre-professional program at The Center for Contemporary Dance, where she was the recipient of an artistic residency. Ms. Ward has taught dance at Valencia College, Florida State University, and frequently serves as a guest instructor for various dance intensives and conferences. She has also worked with dancers for several years as a Pilates trainer and has published research on this topic through The Method Pilates. As a classically trained dancer, she honors traditional forms in her teaching and choreography. She draws influence from the techniques of Lester Horton, Martha Graham, and Jose Limon. As a contemporary choreographer, she blends these aesthetics with more current somatic approaches and creates room for each dancer to be an expressive individual.