Maria has been dancing most of her life, performing and teaching Jazz and Modern dance through the years. When her son with Down Syndrome was born, her journey into the world of Inclusive Dance began. Maria shares her passion for grassroots community inclusion where movers and dancers of all levels and abilities are invited to her classes. In addition to choreographed sequences and technique, students are guided to co-create movement their way, inspired by their unique experience and creative expression. Maria received her training in Inclusive Dance and Art at the American Dance Festival; Arts Together with NC Arts Council; practicums at Enloe High School, The ARC, and other disability groups; Liz Lerman Dance Exchange Hallelujah Project, community-based dance; and Arts for ALL at the UNC Developmental Disability Training Institute. Maria has her Nia Blue Belt and FreeDance Certifications, is an engineer, homeschool mom, and loves animals, trees and celestial mystery.
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