Mary Carol Chenet
Mary Carol Chenet began dancing with Ida Winter Clarke in Lake Charles, LA. She was a member of Ballet Joyeux, a pre-professional dance company, that was founded by Mrs. Clarke and her daughter, Cissie Clarke. Mrs. Chenet earned her Bachelor Degree from California State University of Long Beach. While obtaining her degree in English, she fell in love with modern dance and studied the techniques of Limon, Cunningham and Graham. She later studied with the Fort Worth City Ballet under the direction of Paul Mejia, where she was offered an apprenticeship. Since moving to New Orleans she has performed with New Orleans Dance Collective, Barbara Hailey, Nicole Colbert, Monique Moss, Anne Burr Dance Theatre, Chard Gonzalez Dance Theatre and Eddy Villalta. Mrs. Chenet has choreographed the works entitled, Destination Evacuation, Take Care, Lovely and Affinity, all performed at the CAC. In New Orleans, she has taught for NOBA as well as New Orleans Dance Academy under the direction of Jackie Frye. Mrs. Chenet believes that a dancer is always a student and is always in training. She is very passionate about giving her students the best training and the most positive experience.
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