2010 Best Dance Blog Contest! Move, Create, Vote!

My dear readers,

Want to hear something fun? I’m entering a blog contest! Yep, a contest for the best dance blog of 2010 in the category of dance education! Fitting, I know! Here’s where I need your help. I need you to comment on this post! If you like what you read here and find it useful I would love your vote! You vote by leaving a comment, I can qualify by the number of votes on this post! Exciting, right?

Thank you to Nichelle at Dance Advantage, and thank you as always for your support, comments, and for reading!

Lots of Love,

p.s. If I am lucky enough to win, the blog will become bigger and better in 2011! Just you wait! ๐Ÿ™‚


  1. Miss Maria is one of the best early education dance teachers I know. Her ability to work with a variety of age ranges is fantastic! If you don’t have your kid in one of her classes yet, sign them up!

  2. Maria, your blog rocks and I recommend it to my dance teacher friends all the time. Keep up the great work. You are an inspiration!

  3. This is so awesome Maria! You definitely deserve to win! You’re one of the few dance instructors that teaches to all the little ones and that is no easy task! I admire your creativity and patience! Keep up the hard work! ~Jose

  4. I am constantly finding new and exciting ways to educate my young and older dancers on this site! Maria does a wonderful job at keeping other teachers on their creative toes! I have used a lot of Maria’s tips and movement games in my dance room that the kids just love! I have also shared a few ideas as well! I love Maria’s Movers and Miss Maria! Thank you for all you blog!!!

  5. Ms. Maria you are a very gifted educator. Keep up the good work and keep up the wonderful blog!!!

  6. I have always enjoyed reading your blog. Your creativity is amazing. I can see why the little ones love “Miss Maria”.

  7. I enjoy reading Maria’s blog. I’ve seen her teach and she really is like a magnet to the children! She is so good with the children and she has so many creative ideas on teaching dance!

  8. I feel confident in saying this blog truly represents Maria’s unique passion for both her students and dancing!

  9. Maria’s Dance Education wisdom is full of creativity and interesting inquiry! We love Miss Maria!

  10. Maria, your blogs and our conversations have enriched my teaching in so many ways! Thank you for your generosity with your wisdom and knowledge!

  11. Congratulations Maria on this wonderful website & being a voice/resource for dance educators!

  12. As the First Lady of the #CoB’s #CoW, you’d have my vote even if you weren’t fantastic in your own right. But you are, so we don’t have to worry about that, now do we? Plus you have an AWESOME birthday! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Maria’s passion for dance education comes through in every post! She is quite a resource for her colleagues and the field in general. (Not to mention a great fiancee!)

  14. I am inspired by your enthusiasm & creative ideas, particularly when it involves props I already own ๐Ÿ™‚ Your focus game with the bells was fantastic! Thank you for sharing.

  15. Maria is a wonderful dancer and inspiring teacher. Her creativity and natural enrichment of children’s lives through movement and expression is truly a gift! I enjoy reading her blog. Keep it coming ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Great blog Maria! Your mom keeps us all updated on what you are doing. She is soooo proud! As she should be! Good luck!

  17. I love following Maria’s blog it is truly an inspiration. Always look forward to reading more!!

  18. I LOVE reading Maria’s blog. ๐Ÿ™‚ Keeps me up to date on her life and teaching, and gives me hope that we all can succeed at what we love!

  19. Wow! Looks like you don’t need my vote! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Seriously, though…you have such spunk and a great “voice”. Thanks for sharing it with the dance community.

  20. Maria, I am so impressed and inspired by all the great work you do on your blog and in your classes! Im so glad I had the opportunity to come and visit one of your classes before I moved it was amazing! I know it has been a dream come true for you! Keep dreaming!

  21. Maria is a true and unique gift to children and the dance community. We need more dance educators that posses Maria’s desire, passion, wisdom, and patience teaching the future of America. It is in the hands of educators like Maria that the future of dance edcucation and childrens perceptions and their love for movement and self expression continue to spiral dance into a place where it belongs…onward and forward!!!!

  22. Maria is a gifted dance educator and her blog demonstrates her continued creativity and commitment to her students and new ideas.

  23. Marias blog is amazing especially if you are looking for ideas on how to teach young kids the art of dance. Unique is just one of the words to describe her blog. Keep up the good work Maria!

  24. There are few resources for dance teachers who do not fit in the traditional box of ‘studio teacher.’ Maria has not only given me wonderful ideas to use with my own dance classes, but she has validated the work that I do. Bravo, to Maria!

  25. …because you know how to create dance magic with the little ones that truly thrive on love and attention. Not to mention you’re just an all around thoughtful, caring, generous, and very crafty person. Way to go – your blog is a source of inspiration for many. ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. “If I am lucky enough to win, the blog will become bigger and better in 2011! Just you wait!”

    How exciting! We can’t wait!! Here’s another vote for you ๐Ÿ™‚


  27. In a lot of ways this blog is more my speed than the grown-up type dance blogs. Love all the game ideas and the emphasis on fun. Fun is important!

  28. Maria is the most insightful educator for young dancers I know. This bog gives insight on the tools that she uses and the environment she creates within the learning process. Isn’t it great that she has this blog to share all of her wonderful ideas with us?! Thank you Maria!

  29. Maria’s blog is THE BEST!!!!!!!! she has great ideas but is also open to the dance community about sharing stories, ideas, etc. She is the Queen of Creative Movement and Ballet for Young People. I love her!

  30. Great job with your blog, Maria! I hope you win this contest. You deserve it!!

  31. I love all of your creative ideas! I recommend it to all my dance teacher friends!

  32. You have my vote as well my friend! (PS: i thought we were not allowed to comment on each others pages or i would have done so earlier) Hugs and Kisses to you from your friend and fan!

  33. Maria is the most innovated educator in dance for children. I love that she shares the tools she uses to create positive learning environments on this blog foranyone who needs it. I’m a huge fan. THANKS MARIA!

  34. Maria is a wonderfully talented Dance Educator. Her presence in the community is both a blessing and an asset. Thank you for everything you do!


  35. Maria is a great dance teacher! Without her the children would be at a loss. She is a very talented person who shares her love with all and deserves a shout out about it! Thank you Maria for all you do and blog ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. Maria’s dance education curriculum is cutting edge and new! I have had the pleasure of working with her and seeing her teaching first hand and she inspires me. She is generous enough to share her ideas and I’m glad she’s being recognized and rewarded for it. More power to ya!

  37. Maria is passionate about her work and one of the most caring, kind and wonderful women I have had the pleasure of knowing. Brava Miss Maria!

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  39. Maria, love your blogs. You have so much patience and creativity teaching dance to the little ones (who love you)! Always knew you’d be a success; your passion for dance is infectious.

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