About Maria

Maria’s love for dance transcends into her love for life. Dance for Maria is not only about moving your body but something much more important. For her, dance is life. Dance teaches you self-awareness, expression, how to give and take, and ultimately, how to live a happy and healthy life in balance. As Maria notes:

“The more I learn the more I am aware of who I am in the world. The more I apply dance to everyday life, the more inspired I get to teach others the magic that comes from and is dancing”

Maria Palmieri was born and raised in the diverse and vibrant borough of Long Island, New York. Since she was five years of age, Maria was moved by music. So much so that her family joke that Maria could dance before she could walk.

After high school, Maria moved to New York City to pursue her dream of becoming a dancer while simultaneously working during the day in corporate offices. Over time Maria came to appreciate all styles of music and eventually trained in a variety of dance styles from Ballet and Classical to Hip-Hop.

In her early 20’s, Maria was offered a gig as a tourist dancer in a resorts Acapulco Mexico and this experience inspired her passion for Latin dance.

After returning to Manhattan, Maria took a training course with a focus on Tango, Rumba, Cha Cha and Salsa and was then privileged to learn from celebrated dance teacher, Pierre Dulaine, founder of Dancing Classrooms and the inspiration for the movie “Take the Lead”.

Maria’s hard work, dedication and passion for dance was recognized in dance competitions like the Manhattan Latin championships where she won 1st place as a newcomer and 3rd place in the Latin championship.

More recently, Maria has been performing at Salsa Venues, Congresses in NY, NJ, Miami, Houston with her partner, Joel Dominguez and several performance teams.

Maria is certified as a professional dance teacher by DVIDA – Dance Vision International Dancers Association (DVIDA®) structure which is recognized by the Nation Dance Council of America.