Thalia Mara (died 2003) was a ballet educator. Mara was born in Chicago in 1911. After beginning her performance career in Chicago, Mara traveled to Paris in 1927. After living in New York in the 1960's, Mara moved to Jackson, Mississippi, where she helped found the USA International Ballet Competition. She was the author of 11 books on ballet, founded the Thalia Mara Arts International Foundation, and in 1994 Jackson's Municipal Auditorium was renamed Thalia Mara Hall.