Est: 1968 ‘To instill the love of dance and music and to provide a supportive atmosphere which encourages students of all abilities’. Marr-Mac’s philosophy remains the same as we have evolved into a studio which provides both the recreational and pre-professional dancer appropriate, quality training. We offer an alternative studio atmosphere; where dancers, parents and friends feel welcome, that prioritizes all levels of classes equally, ensuring quality and commitment to each class. We expect a lot from ourselves and our students….we love what we do. At Marr-Mac it’s all good. We’re proud of our ability to offer a training program which enables our dancers to become well rounded, well trained dancers who are prepared to go into the professional world and do it all….well! Cathy McFarlane (Director) Marie McFarlane (Director) Founder – Deane Marr (Retired 2015)
Established in 1968.
Deane Marr and her mother Jaqueline Macdonald, founded Marr-Mac Dance and Theatre Arts Centre in September of 1968. Marr-Mac began as a dance school and daycare center, and was run by mother and daughter until Mrs. Macdonald passed away in 1976. The business continued to run until the day care was closed in 1999. The dance school started primarily teaching ballet and jazz and has since expanded its program to include several disciplines of dance including a musical theatre program. In 1995 Mrs. Marr took on a business partner, Cathy McFarlane who had been teaching classical ballet and character for Marr-Mac for several years prior to becoming a partner in the business. In 1997 the studio moved to its current location at 8627-109 street. The friendly artistic community of Old Strathcona is a perfect location for the studio. Deane Marr retired in June 2015. She has left behind a legacy for the love of dance and the people it touches.