Company Director and Founder
Maria has been teaching dance throughout the St. Louis area for almost 25 years. She grew up training under the direction of Deborah, Tracy, and Karen Davenport at Performing Arts Centre in St. Charles, MO, where she is currently on faculty.
Maria has been on faculty at many area dance studios and has served as a consultant for dance education programs throughout the region. Maria was on faculty at COCA (Center of Creative Arts) in St. Louis, MO for 10 years. During that time, she had the opportunity to work with students and families as Tap Program Coordinator, COCAdance Company Associate Director, and Pre-Professional Program Director. Most recently, Maria had the pleasure of setting an original tap work on the dancers of the SIUE Dance Ensemble for their Fall 2019 concert.
Maria is a former performing member with Manhattan Tap, under the direction of Heather Cornell. She joined the ensemble for their European and North American tours. She was honored to work alongside the late Professor Robert L Reed for the production of the St. Louis Tap Festival, which she attended annually for 20 years. She is also a former member of the St. Louis Tap Festival Board of Directors. Maria and the members of moSTLy TAP were honored to partner with the inaugural Show Me Tap Fest in 2018 and work on faculty.
Maria is truly humbled by all of the support moSTLy TAP has received thus far.