is an award winning Canadian dance artist, a photographer and a visual artist.
Living near Pelee Island, a beautiful island paradise in the most southerly region of Canada known for its secluded beaches and provincial nature reserves, and immersing herself in The Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, Mary Jo is deeply and intimately connected to her environment.
During the early years of her career in dance, she performed in the works of many acclaimed Canadian choreographers including Patricia Beatty, David Earle and Danny Grossman. In 2006, she co-founded Niagara Dance Company, one of the first regional professional contemporary dance companies in Ontario. For her company, she performed and created several commissioned works and presented the choreography of such artists as David Earle, Patricia Beatty, Terrill Maguire, Michael Sean Marye, Graham McKelvie, Peter Randazzo, Suzette Sherman and many others for nearly a decade.
Her formal education and training is embedded in the forms of contemporary dance and early creative works emphasized the modern dance technique of Martha Graham. Experimentation in later years with performance improvisation, creating site-specific dance, performing in dance films and the interdisciplinary work of Elizabeth Chitty and creating a dance installation for the first mobile network in Canada gave way to an entirely new form of artistic expression and practice.
Ghosts That Haunt, from Ancestor Speak - She Walks Both Worlds
In 2019, Mary Jo began creating artwork that integrates photography and dance with WAVE. During the pandemic, she began working with Andrea Nann, Artistic Director of Dreamwalker Dance Company to practice and facilitate Conscious Bodies Methodology through an engagement in her project, Windows of Time. Mary Jo is an avid practitioner and facilitator of this sensory awakening artistic practice and it has become the heart of all her creations. She fully resonates with this nourishing movement experience; inspiring, empowering embodiment and allowing personal, unique and creative expressions to flow. Mary Jo now creates expressions of dance, photography, visual art and/or film, to integrate her life and art, make meaningful connections between herself and her environment and share the beauty of the world that surrounds her.