A Life Update

Hi Friends,

It’s been a while since I wrote. It’s been in a tough year for me with the transition from NYC to Cleveland. So I thought I would write with a little update and what I am (slowly) working on. I miss blogging and really hope to start sharing again. If you are still following, thank you!

Above is my family, the reason for making the move from NYC. It was a hard sacrifice for me since I had my dream job there, but I knew if I wanted to add more to my family we had to make the move. As a result, my husband and I are expecting our second boy (!) in September!

I took the last year to “find myself.” I went back and forth from maybe my dancing teaching career is over or maybe it’s time to do something entirely different? But I just kept coming back to it. It’s a part of me. Directing, creating, working with kids, it’s just my favorite. So now, I need to figure out how to create it here in Cleveland.

The reason my blog has slowed down is because I’m not feeling inspired by very much these days, but am trying to move through that and make it happen!

I have written some goals and want to stick to them. Have you purchased my toddler curriculum? I plan to release a second version with new ideas very soon. It’s so close to being done. I also have a special idea to release hopefully this summer. I have also had some requests for infant movement curriculum, so I am working on that as well. What else would love to see here on the blog?

I won’t be at the Dance Teacher Summit this year but I hope to present again next summer when it’s back in NYC. How are all of you these days? Are you working on any fun projects? I would love to hear! I will write again very soon!




  1. Hi Maria,

    Your family is so beautiful! I’m excited to hear more from you soon about what’s going on in your world. ๐Ÿ™‚ Moving is a huge and hard change. Sending you positive thoughts.

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      Hi Meredith, thank you so much for following and the positive thoughts! They are very much appreciated! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Maria, I have missed your blogs and thoughts ! I am a first time mother (she is 8months now) and am transitioning from this new motherhood life and returning back to teaching. It’s a whole new ball game, as you are well aware. I truly hope you find a place to continue the inspiring work that you have built. I appreciate your hard work and can’t wait to keep hearing more from you!! Ps I’ve been doing “intellidance” with my babe and want to start a class with her here in florida ! Good inspiration for your infant movement. Thank you making a platform to share your wonderful work !

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      Hi Callie, thank you for your sweet words of encouragement. It makes me feel so much better! Hugs to you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Congratulations on a new little one! I’d love to see more curriculum ideas, even for a bit older ages. (3-6years). I’m always looking for new ideas with those ages especially.
    Transition and change is hard, but can be so worth it! Cannot wait to hear about all that’s new!

  4. Hello Maria! Your family is indeed beautiful, and congratulations on the new addition expected this fall. I purchased your toddler curriculum awhile back, and it’s been a big help with the littles I teach. I’m excited that you’re coming out with some new ideas!

  5. I just discovered you tonight and it couldn’t be better timing. I too am a infant and toddler, and preschool early childhood dance and gymnastics teacher. More of an advocate than anything. My focus with my program is based on Gross Motor skills and vestibular sensory input. I teach babywearing hip hop dance as part of my program as well for new parents and caregivers but my goal is to have a series of 8 week courses for my infant and toddler dance and Play classes. I’m a stay at home mom of a 3 yr old boy and I’m just exhausted and havnt been able to devote all my time to the programming curriculum like I want for the toddler and creative Movement classes. I came to your site for help! But I also am reading your posts and others and feeling so connected to you all already. This is a very tough season to come bk to teach Chikdrens dance while being mothers of babies and toddlers. So I need as much encouragement and wisdom as possible. Thankyou for your transparency!

  6. Congrats on your new baby! Your family is beautiful! I appreciate what you have created with your program and it encourages me with fresh ideas. Some days I have a lack of motivation and I go to the library and pick out several children’s books and they help me to get inspired/motivated again.

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