Mary is a registered teacher (TCRG) through An Coimisiun Le Rinci Gaelacha, Dublin, Ireland (CLRG), The Irish Dance Teacher’s Association of Mid America (IDTAMA), and The Irish Dance Teacher’s Association of North America (IDTANA). Mary danced competitively for 14 years, having received numerous awards at the regional and national levels, and qualified for the World Championships 6 times.
Mary began teaching with her mentor, the world-renowned Theresa Burke, ADCRG, in 1992. In 2006 the Pittsburgh location was renamed the “Burke Conroy School of Irish Dance” in recognition of Mary, and her sister Laura’s, dedication to teaching, and their personal commitment to preserving the legacy founded by Theresa Burke. Mary has also instructed Irish dance at The Calliope School of Folk Music - Pittsburgh’s Folk Music Society, The Oglebay Institute’s School of Dance (Wheeling, WV), and many workshops for performing arts institutions throughout the tri-state area, including Regional Dance America’s Northeast Festival.
In addition to teaching, Mary has performed throughout the eastern United States, including at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and was a founding member of the traditional performing group “Road to the Isles”, and trio “The Wind that Shakes the Barley”- an educational outreach program that teaches elementary school children the music and dance traditions of Ireland and Scotland. She has performed with famed Irish groups “The Chieftans”, “Cherish the Ladies”, “Gaelic Storm”, and was a dancer in the Irish-mob movie, The Road to Perdition, a DreamWorks production starring Paul Newman and Tom Hanks, choreographed by Trinity Academy Director, Mark Howard.
In February 2012, Mary was recognized by The Irish Echo, the USA’s most widely read Irish-American Newspaper, as one of the country’s Top “40 Under 40”.
Mary is a graduate of Duquesne University, and lives in Pittsburgh with her husband, Jay, and their daughter, Ellen.