meet maya

what inspired you to start dancing?

My older sister inspired me to start dancing at the age of three. I would watch her dance from the hallway and think that I wanted to be just like her!

what keeps you motivated?

Watching other tap dancers keeps me motivated. I love seeing others perform. It always reminds me how much more there is to learn, and how tap can connect us all so deeply.


awards/recognitions:

  • World Champion, Gold Medal Adult Female Solo, International Dance Organization (2013)

  • Highest ranked soloist at the world tap dance championships in Riesa, Germany

  • Competed against 33 pre-qualified soloists representing 13 nations

  • National Title Holder, Teen Miss Headliner (2012)

  • Top scoring soloist out of approximately 800 soloists, included a $500 cash award

  • 32nd Annual Fred and Adele Astaire Awards (2014)

  • Performed in the Fred and Adele Astaire Awards at The Skirball Center for the Arts in New York, NY

  • Performing Soloist, United We Tap (2012, 2014) - United We Tap is an annual tap show, featuring world-renown dancers from across the globe

 

trained in which dance genres? 

  • ballet

  • jazz

  • modern

  • tap

 

memberships

Purdue Contemporary Dance Company, FootNotes: Purdue’s Tap Dance Club

 

why do you want to teach dance?

I want to teach dance so I can pass on my love of tap to others, while also helping to grow the art form. Tap dance has faded away from the public eye in recent years, and I, like many others in the industry, am on a mission to bring it back to popularity!


why do you teach at Studio b?

I teach at Studio b because of the staff! Two of the most amazing, inspiring women I’ve met have taught at the studio for years, and have had nothing but positive feedback. When given the opportunity to work in an environment alongside them, and others like them, I could not pass it up!​

 

fun facts:

I love to travel and to go on adventures. I spent six months studying abroad in Europe. I’ve been zip-lining and even skydiving!

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