A native New Yorker, Mary Ellen Hunt has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1997.
The product of a variegated liberal arts education, she trained as a classical dancer at the New York School of Ballet under Richard Thomas and Barbara Fallis. She also earned her undergraduate degree in astronomy and physics from Bryn Mawr College before entering the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of Arizona.
Avidly interested in science and science education, Mary Ellen was also research associate for Sheila Tobias on the revised edition of her landmark book Overcoming Math Anxiety, and worked for several years in the San Francisco Exploratorium's Center for Teaching and Learning, Tactile Dome and later in the Public Relations office. She also taught physics, math and astronomy for the Summer Science Program, an intensive course of study for gifted teenagers sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
She has used her background in classical ballet as a springboard for writing about dance for the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Jose Mercury News, the Contra Costa Times, Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher Magazine, Pointe Magazine, Dance Studio Life and Diablo Magazine. She was the Website Producer for VoiceofDance.com and founding editor of the Critical Dance magazine, Ballet-Dance.com. For KQED's website, she's contributed to profiles of artists featured on their weekly arts program Spark, and also reviews theater and dance for their Arts and Culture blog. In addition she's reported on arts and culture for KALW radio.
Like many Bay Area denizens, Mary Ellen can be found in her spare time haunting food markets and dreaming up fancy meals, which you can read about on her blog, Eats.
Contact Mary Ellen at email@example.com.