Mary Corpe - Biography
By Gary P. Rose
As approved by Mary Corpe
Mary was born in Brighton on 5th May 1958 . Her father is a former chef who used to work at a top hotel in London. She started dancing at the age of three, having trained at the Bertram School of Dancing in Brighton. She first appeared on stage at the age of seven, when she performed in a production of Hello Dolly at the Theatre Royal, Brighton. She went on to train at the Arts Educational School where she was chosen to dance in an opera at the Sadlers Wells. After completing her training she joined Pans People and made her Top of the Pops debut on 25th September 1975, dancing to "I Only Have Eyes For You" by Art Garfunkel..
Following the demise of Pans People, Mary spent the next 14 years dancing with various outfits, including the Young Generation, A-Team and New Edition. As a member of these troupes, she appeared in several television shows. One of the highlights of her career is when she was invited to dance on a Royal Variety Show at the London Palladium - and had the pleasure of meeting the Queen afterwards. In 1980, she appeared in a dance sequence in the film The Apple and, in 2005, she performed on stage in a production of Summer Holiday at the Theatre Royal in Brighton.
In recent years, Mary has enjoyed working as a choreographer for childrens youth theatre. Her debut in this capacity was Fidder on the Roof for the City Youth Theatre Company. She then choreographed a production of Billy Elliott: The Musical, also for the City Youth Theatre Company, which was performed at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London before transferring to the Barn Theatre in Southwick. Billy Elliott: The Musical was in conjunction with the Brighton and Hove Operatic Society and recieved rave reviews.
Today, Mary continues to work as a choreographer. She is happily married to a market stall owner and resides in Brighton.
© G.P.Rose / M. Corpe 2011