Miss Mary St. Romain
SDA Director and Instructor 2017-18
Miss Mary (Mary St.Romain) is the owner and director of SDA Studios, founded in August 2002. A former principal dancer with over 40 years of classroom experience, she has taught all levels from beginners to professionals. She began her teaching career at the age of 16 while still a student in Rochester New York, before moving to New York City to study on full scholarship at American Ballet Theater and with master teacher David Howard. She performed soloist and principal roles during her 5 years at Ballet Oklahoma, under the direction of Bojan Spassoff and Edward Villella, then retired to begin a family with her husband Richard. While raising her sons Mark (graphic designer, Simeone Deary Design Group) and Joseph (former CPL USMC, manager, Dillards), she continued to teach and perform in Denver and Minneapolis before settling with her husband in West Chester, Ohio. She became a certified Jazzercise instructor and returned to teaching dance full time at Oui Danse and Cincinnati Ballet while beginning her study of Yoga. Since opening the SDA, she attended a Finis Jung and Dance Medicine teaching seminar, participated in the Jazz Dance World Congress (bringing numerous students along) in Chicago in 05, 07 & 09, become a certified ZUMBA instructor attending 3 different Zumba training workshops and has attended yearly dance teacher educational seminars including DanceLife Teacher, Dance Teacher Web & Dance Teacher Summit. By continuing her own dance education, she is able to offer her students the very best and newest dance styles, in addition to preserving classical ballet history through the teachings of the repertoire she herself learned and now passes along to her students. Mary is incredibly excited to begin her 16th year of sharing her love of dance with the BEST STUDENTS EVER in Liberty Twp!