Maria trained as a contemporary dancer at Lewisham College, and the London Contemporary Dance School (LCDS). She then joined the LCDS post-graduate performance company, then called 4D.

Maria danced professionally for Bedlam Dance Company (Yael Flexer), Henri Oguike and Phoenix Dance Company, also performing in, and choreographing work for national tours with State of Emergency Ltd.

Maria has taught contemporary dance across the UK; working with dance organisations including Phoenix Dance Company, Swindon Dance, Richard Alston Dance Company and Wycombe Swan Theatre.

Maria completed an Arts Management Diploma at Roehampton University, London, and began working as an Administrator for Independent Dance, then as Dance Officer at Swindon Dance, Company Manager for Tavaziva Dance, Community Dance Officer at Wycombe Swan Theatre, Children & Youth Dance Manager at The Place, and is currently the Creative Learning Producer at The Place.

In her current role she produces projects, workshops and performances with schools and local community groups. Creative Learning also produce annual schools dance festivals and a youth dance platform and manage the contextual events (talks, discussions & other activities) for the professional artists and companies performing at The Place Theatre.