Mary Priestly Jarrard began her formal training at Dance Arts Studio in her hometown of Macon, Georgia with Jean Evans Weaver and Alice Strawn Sheridan. She has also trained with the Atlanta Ballet and spent summers studying with Boston Ballet, Washington Ballet, Nashville Ballet and the North Carolina School of the Arts. Mary Priestly received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with honors in dance performance from Butler University in 2007 and for the last two years has had the privilege of being a member of the Nashville Ballet 2. She is a certified Pilates instructor and has served on the faculty at area Nashville dance studios. In Fall 2013, Mary joins the full time faculty at the School of Nashville Ballet.