Maria , owner and instructor, has studied dance since the age of four. She has studied classical ballet, modern/lyrical, jazz, tap, and bellydance as well as competed in baton twirling with the United States Twirling Association. Over twenty years of classical ballet practice, ten years of performance, and two years of apprenticeship fostered a very deep love and appreciation for classical and modern ballet as well as all genres of dance. After graduating from Boston University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications and Television/Film Production, she worked in television production in California and in executive office management around New England for more than fifteen years. However, the time came for Maria to pursue her long-standing dream of dedicating her time to sharing her love of fitness and dance with others and Dance Arts Personal Fitness, LLC was born. For Maria, dance is full scale expression, absolute freedom from the everyday world, and soul-satisfying emotion-sharing. Her hope is to foster a sense of joy, empowerment, determination, and self-confidence in her students.
In addition to dance, her other love of movement manifests itself in her ongoing training in the martial arts of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo, as well as training in boxing.
Maria is a member of the National Dance Education Organization and is certified in American Barre Technique, which is accredited with the American Fitness and Aerobics Association of America, the National Academy of Sports Medicine, American Council on Exercise, and the International Sports Sciences Association.