“My teaching philosophy is based in my love of movement and of learning. My job is to interest my students in what I am sharing - through the music, the rhythm of the steps, or the challenge of learning to move in a new way. Learning dance should be an experience of creativity and joy, open to everyone.”

Lily McAteer began her dance training at the age of four, and was mentored as a young dancer by New York City Ballet’s Patricia McBride and John-

Pierre Bonnefoux, receiving the John Pierre Bonnefoux Merit Scholarship. Lily has danced with Ballet Neo, Eglevsky Ballet, Xaoc Ballet, and Nomad Contemporary Ballet, as well as in works by Anna Sokolow, Camille A. Brown, Emery LeCrone, and Sean Curran. She was awarded a B.F.A. (Magna Cum Laude) in Dance Performance from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater/Fordham University, where she studied with distinguished faculty members Milton Myers, Ana Marie Forsythe, Jacqulyn Buglisi, Lynn Glauber Mendel, and others. As a choreographer, Lily has created works for The Ailey School, and for productions of Carousel, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Hamlet, Disney’s The Sleeping Beauty, Annie Get Your Gun, and Kiss Me Kate (with Antonio Brown). Lily has previously been on faculty at The Ailey School and also teaches at The School at Mark Morris Dance Group. Prior to joining the faculty at BMS, Lily served as Dance and Programs Director for The Mirror Theater, overseeing all Arts-in-Education and Children's classes, as well as teaching in the programs. Lily’s work with children has been called “near genius in its capacity to connect and inspire.” She loves bringing her passion for dance to children, introducing her students to new art forms, providing positive challenges, and encouraging their success. Lily is honored to be working at BMS, a school with such a rich history of exemplary education in dance.