Dance

About May Kesler, PT, Dancer, Choreographer

Kesler Physical & Massage Therapy - Dance Medicine in Bethesda

Dance Medicine in Bethesda
May Kesler, owner of Kesler Physical and Massage Therapy in Bethesda, has been dancing her whole life, starting with Helena Baron School of Ballet in Paramus, N.J.

She then received her B.A. in biology, psychology, and dance from Rutgers College. She moved to New York, N.Y. to study dance with Twyla Tharp, Merce Cunningham, Peridance, Lar Lubovitch, Jennifer Muller and the Works, Limon, Graham, and Zena Rommett among others, and performed in many venues in NYC with various companies and workshops.

She received her Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Columbia University College of Physician and Surgeons in NYC in 1982, and studying Alexander and Feldenkrais Techniques as well.

She then moved to Washington, D.C. in 1993, where she received her M.A. in Dance from American University. She has choreographed a production of Fiddler on the Roof for a local theatre company, was assistant director for British Music Hall, and recently directed and produced a multimedia dance production of Shards of War, her father's story from his book of how he survived the Holocaust. In 2015 she choreographed a version of The Outlander Druid Dance.

In 2008, she became a Certified Floor-Barre Teacher, passing on the teachings of Zena Rommett.

Her work is infused with compassion and sensitivity that was forged when her mother, a pediatrician and May’s role model, died of breast cancer when May was a teenager.

In addition to her choreography, dancing, and dance company support, May is a lecturer and published author. Her article “Healing the Dance” was published in the book Working Wonders edited by Dr. John Upledger in 2005.

She has worked as a choreographer and performer in New Jersey, New York, Florida, Arizona and Washington, D.C.