Born from Manila, Philippines, raised in Houston, Texas; Maria’s introduction to dance was from the Dancin’ Bluebonnets, a national award winning independent drill team company. Her training in the art of dance began at North Harris Performing Arts, where she learned ballet, hip-hop and jazz techniques from artists Amy Cain and Dawn Dippel.
Maria received her B.F.A. in dance and Minor in marketing at Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas. Her professional experience includes Mary Kay National Convention, LaWanda Hunter’s: In Flight Dance Theater, Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s second company and Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s professional company for 4 seasons. In 2010, she became an independent artist and has been a part of various guest and collaborative works with local artists. Maria has had the opportunity to teach at the prestigious Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Carver Magnet High School in Houston, and is as an Arts Integration Specialist for Big Thought’s Thriving Minds After School Program.
She is currently a dancer for the Bruce Wood Dance Project. Aside from teaching, performing, and choreographing, she is also a jewelry artist and designer.