Maria Cherniske was born and raised in Connecticut where she started dance at age three. Since then, her passion for the arts has continued to flourish.
In addition to being a performer, Maria has taught dance to students of all ages for the past thirteen years and is a coach for competitive-level gymnastics. Maria was a competitive gymnast trained by 2004 Olympic coach Alan Hatch and 2004 two-time Olympic silver medalist Annia Hatch.
Following college, Maria continued her dance education at Broadway Dance Center. She trained under Rhapsody James in the 2012 winter session of Motivating Excellence and is also a member of the New York based dance company Jamie J & Co.
Maria has worked with choreographers such as Lisette Bustamante, James Jackson Jr, Dana Foglia, Rhapsody James, Luam Keflezgy, Kelly Peters, Derek Mitchell and Tanisha Scott. Maria has performed at Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, in an ad for Rocawear clothing with super model Coco Rocha at NYC's Fashion's Night Out, on national television with Icona Pop and in a national commercial for the Wendy Williams show.
Maria also has appeared in music videos with popular up-and-coming artists and performed live with artists Matt Hunter, Carey Nokey, and L Michelle. Maria travels internationally to teach acro/tumbling and dance. In 2012 she was selected to be a mentor for the program Creating Opportunities (www.CreatingOpps.com) developed by world-renowned choreographers Lisette Bustamante and Chonique Sneed.
Since 2012, Maria has been an adjunct professor in the Performing Arts Department at Sacred Heart University. Maria holds a B.A. in Psychology, Master's in Reading Education and a Connecticut Teaching Certificate. She also holds the following certifications:
- AFAA Group Fitness Certified
- bodyART Certified Instructor
- Adult and Pediatric First Aid, CPR and AED certified
- ACRO levels 1-5 through USA Gymnastics
- USA Gymnastics Safety Certified - Artistic Gymnastics Coach
Maria is dedicated to perfecting her art and the love of performance. She believes dance is the universal language and enjoys getting to know others and helping people get to know her through dance.