Student Spotlight: Doreese Norman

Doreese NormanMy class is a safe space for all dancers at all levels. This was the first thing Maria said in my first class with her, and it has been true in every class I’ve taken with her since.


I hadn’t worked on my dance technique for many years, and was a bit worried about keeping up in the class. But Maria teaches on a gradient and shows you how to adjust the moves to suit your ability level. This is liberating because it makes the class inclusive…you don’t have to do everything perfectly in order to participate. As my confidence has grown and my technique improved, the moves have become easier for me in every class.


I still have a way to go when it comes to polishing my technique and picking up choreography quickly, but I’ll have fun getting there in Maria’s classes!