Welcome to Dance Connections NM! We offer dance instruction, individual and couples coaching and unique choreography to dancers of all levels of experience. Dance Connections NM began as a joint venture and studio owned and operated by Mike Haley (UCWDC Hall of Fame Inductee), Leslie Schumann and Maryann Harvey. After several years, Mike and Leslie turned the business over to Maryann in order to focus more time on their real estate ventures. Maryann has continued with Dance Connections NM and currently teaches and coaches individuals and couples locally, around the US and in Europe as well as providing group classes and workshops.
The primary goal of Dance Connections NM is to share the joy of dance with people of all ages and ability levels. Maryann enjoys working with beginning individuals, couples preparing for their wedding or a special social event and accomplished dancers looking to enhance their skills or dance on the various competition circuits.
Maryann is a certified judge and competitor with the United Country Western Dance Council (UCWDC). As a result, she attends many competitive dance events around the country and frequently competes with her male students in the ProAmateur divisions and her partner Mike D'Amico in the Classic Masters division. She has helped her students earn over 35 World Championship titles at all skill levels and in all age categories. She coaches a number of amateur and professional couples both locally and around the country who have won World Championship titles. Maryann is also trained in the Ballroom and Latin dances through Arthur Murray International and has performed professionally as a ballerina and in musical theater and revue style venues. She has choreographed dance routines for feature films and for cable and network television shows.