Mary Loewen began dancing at the age of 12 with Ginny Shank’s Woodland Dance Studio in Kodiak, Alaska. She began ballet lessons in high school, and discovered she loved the challenge and complexity that ballet presented. After continuing with ballet and jazz dance with a small company in Tacoma, Washington in college and under JoAnne Emery (now of San Diego ballet) Mary Beth began teacher training in the Vaganova syllabus with John White at the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet. She has completed levels 1-6 of the Vaganova syllabus at Mr. White’s teachercourses. She has also studied under Vera Altunina at International Ballet Academy and teacher training courses at Broadway Dance, as well as hip-hop and musical theatre classes with a variety of teacher trainers such as Scott Fowler, Mia Michaels, Geo Hubela, Tricia Gomez, and Renee Celeste. She has attended Rhee Gold’s teacher training courses at the DanceLife Retreat Center, and studio ownership conferences as part of the International Dance Entrepreneur Association. She is a member of the Dance Studio Owners Association, and Dance Studio Owners Online.
Ms. Mary Beth has been teaching ballet and other dance forms since 2003. Her ballet students have successfully auditioned for and been accepted to prestigious summer training programs at The Russian Academy of Classical Ballet, Bossov Ballet, Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Goh Ballet, The Rock School, International Ballet Academy, Sarasota Ballet, and Anchorage Classical Ballet. Ms. Loewen also teaches ballroom dance classes, teaching swing, salsa, foxtrot and waltz classes since 2014. She is a member of the Kodiak Arts Council Board of Directors.
In her non-studio time, Mary Beth was a fisheries biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for 10 years. Her love of Alaska and the water began at an early age, growing up in rural communities throughout Alaska. She has a Master’s degree in Fisheries Science from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and is the current Past-President of the Alaska Chapter American Fisheries Society, a professional organization with over 200 active members. She also serves on the UAF Alumni Association.