Fiona is an associate of the Royal Academy of Dance and holds a BA (Hons) in Dance Education from the RAD/University of Bath. She began her training in Tokyo, Japan under the direction of Mikio Ikehata and continued at The Ailey School. As a dancer, she has performed works by choreographers including Alvin Ailey, Paul Taylor, Robert Battle, Elizabeth Roxas, Jacqulyn Buglisi, Alison Cook Beatty and Darrell Grand Moultrie among others. A graduate of The Ailey School where she was a scholarship recipient, she is well-versed in various modern dance techniques in addition to ballet and tap. She has taught at schools including International Ballet Academy, Greenwich Dance Studio, The Ailey School and The School at Steps, and has been on faculty at The Bridge For Dance since 2014. She has also taught for educational outreach programs through Goddard Riverside Community Center and Alison Cook Beatty Dance. Fiona has worked as assistant to choreographers and directors including Jacqulyn Buglisi for Buglisi Dance Theatre and Carolyn Adams for the New York State Summer School for the Arts, School of Dance. Outside of her educational work, she is a dancer with Alison Cook Beatty Dance in addition to being a certified Pilates instructor.
Mary Six Rupert began her dance career at the age of two and a half when she performed a song and tap dance to “How Much is that Doggie in the Window?” Her professional dance career included being a Radio City Rockette for 13 years as well as dance captain and assistant to the director/choreographer for last Rockette national tour. She performed in many musicals including 42nd St., My One and Only, Gypsy, Can Can and Singin' in the Rain. A highlight of her dance career was performing a tap duet with Harold Nicholas, of the world famous Nicholas Brothers, at the London Palladium.
Mary Six has taught master dance classes in Vienna, Paris, Bayreuth (Germany) and more. In New York, she has taught at The Juilliard School, Steps and Broadway Dance Center. She currently teaches at Bridge for Dance in Manhattan and privately in Brooklyn. Mary Six’s production company, Legacy 36,LLC, produces yearly shows featuring the Legacy Dancers, a line of former Rockettes. She is the creator of Tap Dancing Hands Down®, a system for teaching tap dancing to those with mobility challenges.
Mary Six is currently a professor of tap and jazz at Wagner College.