A short documentary made for the Warren Theatre Pre-Show Program, featuring former New York City Rockette Mary Mayta and her MGM Dance Studio.

Mary Mayta

December 17, 1932 - Febraury 14, 2014

MGM Studio of the Dance was founded by Terrie Grillot Mayta and later Terrie's mother, Mary Mayta took over and kept it going for over 20 years where most of that time it was originally located at Douglas and Hillside. Ms. Mary taught and directed dance for over 50 years with stops in Saudi Arabia, Germany, California and Alaska. She started at the age of 3 in Kansas City under the watchful eye of Myldred Lyons. By the age of 12 Mary was assisting with teaching a number of classes. By the age of 18 she she was running 3 dance studios in Kansas City, MO.


Ms. Mary was dedicated to the art of dance and ensuring that those that want to dance have every opportunity to do so. She held very high standards in making sure that students receive high-quality instruction in proper technique while creating a fun atmosphere.


Ms. Mary Mayta passed away on Friday, February 14, 2014, Valentine’s Day. May God bless her and keep her and may she rest in peace. May all our dancers “Dance like Ms. Mary is Watching!