Mary Jo Horvath

Mary Jo Horvath has directed and choreographed over 40 concerts for the Dance program at Southwestern College since 1990. She enjoys seeing her students grow in technique and artistry. Mary Jo received her B.A and M.F.A. in Dance from the University of California at Irvine where she was fortunate to study with Eugene Loring, Jillana, Donald Bradburn, El Gabriel, Olga Maynard, James Penrod, Janice Plastino and Nancy Ruyter. She has danced professionally with Nannette Brodie Dance Theatre and the California Rhythm Project under the direction of Pam Thompson-Spinner, a protege of the legendary tap dancer Eddie Brown. Mary Jo has studied under many wonderful dance artists including Diana Varon NiCastro, Robyn Segel Shifren, Jean Isaacs, Billy Siegenfeld and Jeannie Hill, Diane Walker, Linda Sohl-Ellison, Lane Alexander and Heather Cornell.  She digitized the tap dance performance collections spanning 25 years of Heather Cornell of Manhattan Tap and for Lane Alexander. The footage for Lane Alexander and The Chicago Human Rhythm Project is now housed at the Newberry Library in Chicago. Mary Jo frequently attends dance workshops and tap dance festivals and was certified by the American Tap Dance Institute led by Chris Baker. She is excited about promoting local dance companies and featuring them in the new Dance Studio Theatre at Southwestern College.