Maria Slate began her ballet training at Galmont Ballet Centre for Dance Education in Melbourne, FL under the direction of Frank Galvez and Lucia Montero. She was a member of the Galmont Youth Ballet while training in their Professional Training Program since 2016. Maria has also trained with the Orlando Ballet and Ballet Arizona under the direction of Robert Hill and Ib Anderson. She has had the opportunity to perform many classical and contemporary pieces including “The Nutcracker”, “Paquita”, “Don Quixote” and original works choreographed by Frank Galvez including “Forbidden Dreams”, “Bolero” and more. This is her first season with the Columbia City Ballet.