Mary Savva is a dance artist and educator based in the UK. Mary develops and makes work with vulnerable communities, children and youths in varied social sites and environments. Mary is interested in community dance making, somatics and re-appraising ideas on what dance is and can be for all bodies; recently contributing to a new book (Re) claiming Ballet - edited by Dr Adesola Akinleye (2021).
Key to Mary’s work as an educator and practitioner is the idea that dance links the physical and emotional self with others, and that expression in movement is a key form of communication, translation and social change. Her artistic approach focusses the somatic and experiential body as the central nucleus for the creative process and meaning making. Emphasizing embodiment, grounding and space. It being the source of knowledge.
Mary holds her MA in Dance Pedagogy from Middlesex University and is committed to researching, disseminating and developing arts practice to be inclusive, vital, and open.
Mary was selected to take part in the One Dance UK mentorship scheme as a future leader and was mentored and trained with Helen Poynor in non-stylised environmental movement and currently is training as a IBMT Somatic Movement Therapist to support her work in Community and Education.