Maria Joins the music Academy this year contributing a wealth of knowledge in the performance and entertainment industry, especially in dance.
Growing up in Western New York, Maria has been dancing since the age of 4. She studied at the award winning David DeMarie Dance Studio from grade school through high. In 2019, she was a featured dancer at the studio’s 50th anniversary recital opening number. Throughout her early school years she performed in local theater productions as well as performed with her church and community groups. Her interests turned to cheer in high school.
Maria’s performance journey continued through college, as cheer captain and choreographer for Canisius College’s competitive cheer squad, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. Her backstage and costuming experience grew when she worked behind the scenes for many of her sister’s, Janien Valentine, productions in Las Vegas. Family took precedence for some time as she raised her 4 children, but her youngest daughter’s love for theater and music thrust her back into the world of theater where she has played a major role in costuming and backstage assistance here at MAWNY.
Maria brings a wealth of knowledge and experience both on and offstage and is looking forward to this new position with Roar!