Maria is a student at the University of Alberta working towards a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Biological Sciences and a minor in Sociology. Maria loved to perform from a very young age and never missed an opportunity to take the stage, whether it was to sing at family events or dance in school productions in her home country India. She started formal training at the age of seven in various forms of Indian dance, including Bharatanatyam, semi-classical, and cinematic dance. This gave her many opportunities to perform for various events throughout Edmonton. In Junior High, Maria became involved in various fine arts programs within her school including musical theatre, choir, and school band, and she joined the ECSD Junior All-City band. At this time, Maria began dancing hip-hop at Edmonton Dance Factory with Richard Andries. In High School, Maria continued her involvement in the fine arts as she joined her school's honour band, improv team, and drama productions. Maria is now part of the Bollywood Dance Club at the University of Alberta. Maria is so excited to continue meeting friends at the front desk, interning with Miss Jenna, and teaching her own classes! Maria is so grateful to have the opportunity to share her love of dance with the J'adore Dance family!