Mary Ripper Baker is excited to be teaching dance at the Colorado Springs Conservatory. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Modern Dance from Texas Christian University and is recognized for her choreography and technical versatility. Mary has performed, choreographed and taught throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex as well as her hometown of Houston where she danced as a founding member of Suchu Dance Company. Since 1999, she has been a member of Ormao Dance Company and her work has been showcased in Denver, Ft. Collins, Aspen and throughout the Pikes Peak region. Mary enjoys creating and restaging choreography for The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Theatre Company. Her credits include White Christmas, Guys and Dolls, Mary Poppins, The Wizard of Oz, The Drowsy Chaperone, Gypsy, A Year With Frog and Toad, 1776, The Producers, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,, Crazy For You, Sweeny Todd, Broadway Bound, The Music Man, The Full Monty, Beauty and the Beast, Sunday in the Park with George, A Christmas Carol, Into the Woods, 1940’s Radio Hour, Anything Goes, and was the assistant choreographer and performed the leggy “Cyd Charise” role in Singin’ in the Rain. She enjoyed working with the amazing youth at CSC choreographing Schoolhouse Rock, Jr. Live!, Doctor Dolittle, Annie Jr., and Honk! Jr.
Mary owns and operates her award-winning Pilates studio, Motion Studies. She served as adjunct dance faculty at Pikes Peak Community College and currently teaches dance at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. Recent choreography projects include THEATREWORKS’ production of The Hairy Ape and also having the privilege of choreographing a scene for the Jane Fonda and Robert Redford film, Our Souls at Night. Mary enjoys her mountain home in Cascade with her husband Greg, son Atticus, and daughter Elsa.