Mary Ann Holmes

Supervisor of Dance & Movement

Since the age of 3, dance has been a major focus of Mary Ann's life. A graduate of Westfield State University, Mary Ann continued her studies in dance while obtaining a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. Not long after, she earned a Master's degree in Special Education and taught in public schools of Hampshire County. Finding out about BHMA 11 years ago came as "a big surprise" for Mary Ann, who never thought she'd find a place where she could combine all of her interests, passions, and talents. Mary Ann began at BHMA teaching one private lesson per week, but has since grown the Music & Movement program to include many more individual lessons and classes including dance ensemble, yoga, musical theater, Zumba and the Vocational Dance group "SHINE." She uses movement to activate and train the brain while incorporating a variety of physical motor skills that boost coordination and spacial awareness. She attends workshops and conferences throughout the year and currently holds certifications in Aerobics, Pilates, Kripalu Yoga, Zumba, and Shake Your Soul. Mary Ann is also a Licensed Director & Instructor for Music Together for Families, and has been a Reiki Master practitioner for over 15 years. Mary Ann holds great pride and fond memories of owning and directing her private studio of 23 years, The Holmes Studio of Dance, Music & Wellness in Easthampton, MA. If you see her teaching after her hours at BHMA , you'll find her managing private lessons and choreographing memorable musicals throughout the Pioneer Valley. Throughout all facets of her work Mary Ann's goal is to promote and instill confidence, pride, perseverance and respect for one’s self and others.