She continued training under scholarship with the Dallas Metropolitan Ballet, Honor Company of the Southwest Regional Ballet Association, San Francisco Ballet Summer School and School of American Ballet for summer training. Later, she joined Boston Ballet II and danced extensively with the company. Ms. Maria arrived in 1989 as a member of the first professional ballet company in Erie. As a dancer, Ms. Maria is widely recognized for her dramatic ability. Her style is attributed to her wide and varied background in many forms of dance other than classical ballet. In 1996, she was proclaimed Artistic Director of Lake Erie Ballet after many years of dancing various leading roles and choreographing original works such as “Old Time Religion,” “Ballet in Silhouette,” “DanceBodies,” “Five O‘Clock Shadow“ and several children‘s ballets, “Beauty and the Beast,” “Peter and the Wolf,” “The Little Mermaid“ in conjunction with the Erie Playhouse and Rodgers and Hammerstein‘s “Cinderella“ which is the only production of its type to be granted permission. Also including through invitation, Greg Bach’s “Legend” for the 1999 Summer Festival of the Arts and the full-length children’s ballet, “Grimsby: The Great Lakes Sea Serpent” in 2002.