Mary (Sylvester) Ritter

Instructor/Ballet Production Creative Director

Mary began dancing at the age of four following in her cousin Sue (Olivieri) Iannucci’s footsteps and has been teaching here for nearly 40 years. She has been on the faculty for many NADAA workshops teaching tap, ballet and jazz for all ages. While attending Siena College, Mary enjoyed performing in the theater productions both dramatically and musically and keeps that dramatic spirit alive through her many story ballet ‘productions’ at Yanarella. She is very proud of all the hard work and dedication of all her students!! Without them, none of this would be possible and they truly make it all worthwhile! Mary earned her B.S. in Mathematics from Siena College. She’s been married for over 36 years to Bob Ritter and together they own a technology company in Hopewell Junction. Mary knows it wouldn’t be possible without Bob – as Kyra, one of her longtime students says,  “Everyone needs a Bob!”  Bob supports Mary through all her long and arduous dance rehearsals and loves what comes out of all the effort! Both Mary’s kids, Alex and Sarah danced here at Yanarella. While Alex only spent a few years, Sarah grew up dancing and continues on as an adult.  Alex is an engineer at an aerospace firm in Coxsackie, NY where he lives with his wife, Melissa and 4 year old Charlotte and 3 year old Jackson. Sarah is a licensed Pharmacist for CVS and is the Pharmacist in Charge at their Hopewell Junction location.  Sarah resides in Beacon with her husband Michael Marino, 4 year old Henry and 1 year old Sophia.  Mary (or Mimi as the G-babies know her) is now introducing dance to the new generation!!”