Mara is originally from Manhattan and trained at The Ailey School and School of American Ballet and later at Manhattan Youth Ballet. Mara has attended numerous summer intensives including American Ballet Theater, Boston Ballet School, and Pennsylvania Ballet. She attended the University of North Carolina School of Arts under Susan Jaffe where she performed in Paquita, La Bayadere and Stars and Stripes among others. During her past two seasons with Fort Wayne Ballet, Mara performed in Gerald Arpino’s Light Rain, Madame Giry in Phantom of The Opera, and as one of the Stepsisters in Cinderella. Mara is looking forward to her third season with Fort Wayne Ballet.