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Mary Manzella

Mary's portfolio of dance credentials includes teaching, choreographing, performing, competing, and judging locally and nationally, including at the .US Open. She began her dance career in Ballroom and Latin at Arthur Murray's. She then became fascinated with WC Swing. and ultimately earned the titles of Western Regional and National WCS Campion with her then partner, Lowell Gosser.. She is the first female inductee into the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame.

Mary taught grades K-5 for 12 years and won the honor of Top Female Teacher and was a Feather Award nominee for "Most Popular Female Teacher". She was the owner of the Emerald Ballroom and President of the North County Swing and Ballroom Dance Club. She has been a long time member of the San Diego Swing Dance Club and was Dance Director for 5 years.

Her efforts to promote dance have not gone unnoticed. In 2008 Mary received a special Certificate of Recognition from the California State Legislature for her lifetime contributions and achievements in dance.

Mary's love of dance is unstoppable. Currently Mary focuses on private instruction, specialty workshops, her Wednesday night dances, Wedding First Dances, and Pro-Am competitions. If that isn’t enough she can sometimes be found at the Balboa Park Dancers ballroom club helping out just for the fun of it.

For May, you will find Mary teaching at the SDSDC on Sunday afternoons and at the Kearny Mesa Moose Lodge on Tuesday evenings. Please see her website for the schedule of other special events.

She can be reached at (619) 742-6080 or visit her website: