Mary Sigward was born and raised in Cincinnati. She began dancing at the age of 5 at the Connie Ferguson School of Dance, and continued her formal training with Meredith Benson and Mario de la Nuez at De La Arts. In 2015 she graduated magna cum laude from the University of South Carolina with a BA in Dance Performance, where she was awarded the Outstanding Senior Award for artistic achievement. Under the direction of Susan Anderson and Stacey Calvert she had the honor of performing works by George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp, Tanya Wideman-Davis, Thaddeus Davis, Helen Pickett, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, and Paul Taylor. She has attended summer and winter workshops at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Spectrum Dance Theater, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet, Visceral Dance Chicago, and Company E. She became a certified Pilates instructor in April 2017. This is Mary’s fourth season with Spectrum Dance Theater and her second season as the Academy Coordinator for the School of Spectrum Dance Theater.