Mary Price Boday is a Master Teacher and Associate Professor for Revolutionary Principles of Movement and is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Tahlequah, Oklahoma. After graduating on the Dean’s List from the University of Oklahoma with two Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and a Master of Fine Arts, she moved to New York City and danced professionally with the Leonard Fowler Ballet, Mary Anthony Dance Theatre, Pearl Lang Dance Company, Larry Richardson Dance Company, and the Gaku Dance Company (Dick Gain, Dick Kuch, and Sophie Maslow). Also, in New York City, she taught and choreographed for the Harkness Ballet Trainee Company, where she worked with David Howard and Maria Vegh. From New York, she moved to Switzerland to dance with the St Gallen Stadt Theatre Ballet and the Zurich Ballet. Mary has been teaching for over 35+ years and some of the places include Harkness Ballet, ballet mistress in St Gallen, the Zurich Opera House, the University of Illinois, Cornish College of Seattle, David Howard Summer Workshops, Dance Director of the Mercyhurst College Dance Department, and Artistic Director and Founder of the Illinois Ballet, and Associate Professor of Dance at Oklahoma City University.
When Mary was working on her master’s degree, she formed the Mary K Price Dance Company of twelve dancers that performed all over the state of Oklahoma. In 1988 she formed the not for profit dance company in Seattle, Washington called Mary and Friends.
Mary has been choreographing for over 30 years with works on the Harkness Ballet Trainee Company in New York City; the St Gallen Stadt Theatre Ballet in Switzerland; the University of Illinois, the National Ballet of Illinois, Mary and Friends, Mercyhurst College, Lake Erie Ballet, Peoria Ballet, Illinois Ballet, Opera Illinois, The Public Theater Company, Bradley University.