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Maria has been teaching ballet at Bard College since 2004 and was the director of Bard’s Dance Program from 2008 – 2022.  Maria teaches all levels of ballet, anatomy of movement, and writing in relationship to dance.  She has taught anatomy for the Bard Prison Initiative since 2018. Maria has also taught at Mount Holyoke College, Middlebury College, University of Washington, Bates Summer Dance Festival, the 1997 Seattle Summer Dance Festival, the 2007 Vassar College Summer Workshop, and Gibney Dance Center in New York City.  Maria has performed with dance companies and independent artists in Seattle and New York including Peter Schmitz and Dancers, the Pat Graney Company, Gina Gibney Dance, the Chamber Dance Company, Aileen Passloff, Jean Churchill, Peggy Florin, and Peter Kyle. Maria has been a rehearsal director for dances by Zvi Gotheiner, Trisha Brown, Hannah Kahn, Doug Varone, Mark Dendy, José Limón, and Marjani Forté-Saunders. Maria received a B.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts and an M.F.A. from the University of Washington.

Dancer: Greta Grisez

Photographer: Chris Kayden

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