MaryMackenzie Rawls
dancer . artist. teacher
"It doesn't interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for – and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing. It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool – for love – for your dreams – for the adventure of being alive." ---- Oriah Mountain Dreamer


Mackenzie Rawls
Dancer. Artist. Improviser. Teacher.
Mackenzie Rawls, originally from Rockville, MD, began her training at the Berrend Dance Center (previously Jane Bittner's Studio) under the direction of Patricia Berrend. She finished her pre-collegiate training at American Dance Institute (ADI) in Rockville, MD. Upon graduating high school, she continued her training at the Boston Conservatory where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Contemporary Dance Performance.
Throughout her four years at the Boston Conservatory, Mackenzie had the  opporunity to work with many influential artists, learn repertoire and delve deeper into her art studies. She was given the opportunity to perform works by Thang Dao, Doug Varone, Bill T. Jones, Danny Buraczeski, Karole Armitage, and Francesca Harper. Mackenzie received the WISE Foundation's "Emerging Artist of 2013" for her performance in Danny Buraczeski's "Ezekiel's Wheel". In her junior year, Carolina Ballet Theater of Greenville, SC invited her to be a guest artist in their annual Black and White Gala.

In addition to her main training, she has had the chance to attend workshops and programs at Julliard, Alonzo King Lines, Balletmet, CBT, San Francisco Conservatory, and Impulstanz in Vienna, Austria. As a result of this exposure,she has had the pleasure to work with artists from all over the world and perform works by Alessio Silverstrin, Robert Battle, Yannis Adoniou, Darrell Grand Moutlrie, and Hernan Justo.

Since graduating,
 Mackenzie has been teaching all/different ages to further her knowledge of dance and guide people as they learn varying styles of dance. Mackenzie is currently freelancing in the Washington DC area and performs as opportunites present themselves.

​After graduation, she performed an improvised solo at a dance concert in Rockville, MD as well as performed with Allentown's RDT company in the role of the Sugar Plum pas de deux as a guest artist.  Mackenzie was a company dancer with  Dissonance Dance Theater for their 2015-2016 season and a guest in Belcantanti Opera's fall opera in 2016.  

Mackenzie very much looks forward to more opportunities to perform, inspire and be inspired. She is blessed that she has a supportive family and friends who have encouraged her to follow her heart and make a career of her life's  passion.
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  • As humans, we often forget the weight we carry in the lives of others. Our actions resonate in a more powerful way than we acknowledge. To be kind, gracious, and happy may unknowingly save someone's life. By pursuing and sharing our light and passion, we give all those around us the permission to do the same. So please, remember share your light, it might just be the light someone needs to get out of their own darkness.
  • But in the end, it's only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. ~ LOTR : Two Towers