Maria has been part of dance and drill team for over 30 years. Beginning with her high school experience where she was the Colonel of her dance team, Maria also studied flamenco dance in San Antonio, TX for eight years. After graduating from high school Maria worked for American Drill Team School for 13 years as an instructor, camp director, choreographer, and adjudicator. Earning her bachelors in Fine Arts, Maria was a member of the University of North Texas Pom Squad. Her professional performance experience includes performing as a Dallas Mavericks Dancer for two seasons and dancing with the Anita Martinez Ballet Folklorico in Dallas, TX. Maria is a certified teacher and has taught at Coppell Middle School West and Westwood High School. In 1998 Maria established Star Dancers, a private junior dance team, and has been directing teams ever since. Her teams are award-winning and have received many accolades over the years. As her program continued to grow and advance in all genres of dance, Star Dancers studio was relaunched and The Dance Academy was born. The strong reputation her teams have is an extension of Maria’s personal belief that we dance for a higher purpose and set a higher standard of excellence in all that we do.