Maribel discovered her true passion for dance while completing her Bachelor of Business Administration and marketing. Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz, Hip Hop/ Break dance, and Latin Dance are just some of the many styles of dance in which she teaches and performs.
Her first formal dance training was with the Danza Jazz Stage company in Chihuahua, Mexico, where she was nominated for the Best Beginning Dancer of the Year award. Maribel advanced her education by achieving a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and becoming certified in Latin Dance. She has also furthered her training in all styles of dance through a variety of extensive and intense classes with professional choreographers such as Misha Gabriel, Mia Michaels, Marty Dew, Doug Caldwell, Joelle Martinec, Jeff “PHI” Nguyen, Napoleon and Tabatha of NappyTabs, Wes Veldik, Julie Bour, Jeff Amsden, Michele Assaf, Tyce Diorio, and many more. Maribel has pursued intensive training at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway in New York City, and The Edge in LA, as well as many other nationwide and local workshops.
Maribel received the AMTC International Talent and Model scholarship and was selected to compete in Orlando, FL. As result of this competition, Maribel received second a place dance award and call backs from the Kristene Wallis Agency in Los Angeles and Arrow Records in Atlanta. In 2010, Maribel competed in the Spotlight and Thunderstruck dance competitions in Billings, MT obtaining several awards including Best Choreography and Category Winner.
Maribel had the opportunity to experience So You Think You Can Dance auditions in Seattle and Denver, performances as an Assistant Director/ choreographer/ dancer for 2010 Billings Outlaws (Voted “2010′s best dance team of the IFL”) , and video-logy hip hop artist and dancer under the direction of Underground Studios. Maribel is currently enjoy dancing with an amazing group of talented women from Terpsichore Dance Company.
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Jazz dance combines techniques of classical ballet and modern dance with the current forms of popular dance. Jazz also has its own movement vocabulary ranging from the isolation of certain body parts to the movement of the entire body with the accents of musical rhythms.
Hip-hop dance refers to street dance styles primarily performed to hip-hop music or that have evolved as part of hip-hop culture. It includes a wide range of styles primarily breaking which was created in the 1970s and made popular by dance crews in the United States.
While classical ballet is the base for all forms of dancing, we are increasingly challenged to move in modern or contemporary ways. This class introduces movements that will help dancers expand their bodies and minds which is essential for the growth of a ballet dancer as an artist and athlete. Elements of Graham: The Graham technique of modern dance was developed in the early 20th century by Martha Graham. It is considered to be the among the first codified modern dance techniques, and most later forms borrow freely from Graham. The "Elements of Graham" technique class includes floor work, standing exercises, movement across the floor, and falls.
The class focuses on the dancers relationship with others and the floor (the floor as partner); practices centrifugal, spiraling and serpentine movements in order to move economical; involves breathing dynamic and the release of energy throughout the body as a motor of movement.