Maria has 23 years of experience teaching the performing arts including ballet, tap, jazz, modern and contemporary dance, drama and acting, elementary music, musical theatre, and circus arts in Chicago, Kansas City, and Tulsa. In Green Country, she has served as a teacher at Tulsa Ballet, Undercroft Montessori, Oklahoma Performing Arts, and for Jenks Public Schools and Tulsa Public Schools. In 2006, she received a BFA in Dance from Wichita State University. She studied Elementary Education at the University of Tulsa and is Oklahoma certified in Dance, Music, and Early Childhood Education. In 2018, she was asked to sit on the committee writing standards for the State of Oklahoma in Dance Education.
Maria is in her 5th season with Tulsa Opera as both a dancer and singer and for four seasons performed with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. Maria performs and teachers for Inspyral Circus and Calliope Youth Circus Foundation. In 2019, Maria was chosen to perform with a small number of elite circus performers for Spark! Circus. Spark! tours northern Thailand performing and teaching in schools and communities of refugees from neighboring Burma (Myanmar). Maria’s choreography has been performed in Kansas City, Chicago, and Ireland. Maria has danced professionally in Tulsa, Kansas City, Chicago, New York, Ireland, and Thailand.