Meet MaryAnn Chavez
Teacher | Dancer | Choreographer | Mentor | Business Owner
MaryAnn Chavez was born and raised in Huntington Beach, CA. She has been trained in styles such as Jazz, Lyrical, Ballet, Hip Hop, Contemporary, and Salsa. When she was sixteen she was accepted into the prestigious Alvin Ailey Professional Summer Program and spent the summer studying in New York City. She also attended a performing arts High School in Huntington Beach, Academy of the Performing Arts. Once she graduated high school she hit the ground running straight into the dance industry booking her very first job with Forever 21 at the age of nineteen.
She then continued to work with brands such as Apple Music, Disney Channel and Under Armour before her health took a turn and steered her career down a different path she was already on. MaryAnn overcame the roadblocks her health created for her by diving into teaching and choreography.
A few studios and conventions she has had the honor to teach at are Millennium LA and OC, TMilly, Movement Lifestyle, Kinjaz Dojo, Copenhagen Dance Space, Bounce Factory Rome, JAMZ, Bridge Training Program and Soul de Soul Dance Convention.
MaryAnn is Co-Founder and Co-Director of Lume Dance Training and Collective along side her partner Monika Felice Smith. They launched their business in the midst of the 2020 Pandemic for they saw there was a need for a light in the dance community and wanted to create a safe place for their dancers to move and grow.
MaryAnn's style is innovative and blends her contemporary and hip hop background into one. She loves to create movement that tells stories and is relatable to her audience. Her mission in the spaces she is in is to curate a sense of community, collaboration and creativity.
Throughout her journey she has mentored many dancers, teachers and choreographers and given them encouraging words and valuable information to boost their careers to the next level. She continues to offer herself as a mentor to others in her online mentoring packages and throughout the Lume Dance community.
Forever 21, Apple Music, Disney Channel, Under Armour, FINNEAS, Splash Water, Ingrid Andress, Naomi Wild, One Republic, Microsoft