Growing up in Brighton, Maria began training in Cecchetti classical ballet at the Beacon Arts. As a teenager, she competed and participated in many Contemporary dance youth groups including Penny and Jules Youth. After her college education at Sussex Downs College, she went on to further her training at NSCD in Leeds for a foundation year before moving on to completing her Degree in Contemporary Dance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London. Whilst studying she worked with choreographers including Alison Curtis – Jones and Zoi Dimitriou. Maria bases her classes on the fundamentals of Ballet and Contemporary whilst giving the space for her students to be expressive and explorative with a large emphasis on and love for music.