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. Since 2016, she had been a member of the Galmont Youth Ballet in their professional training program. Maria also trained with 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 Maria’s first season with the Columbia City Ballet.