Mariya’s passion for dance has been a life-long journey. A seasoned performer, she made her debut at the age of 6 performing ballet, modern and international dance on stages of her native St. Petersburg, Russia. Her dance career has undergone a major shift in 1996, when she discovered Flamenco, one of the world’s most complex and mysterious artforms. Captivated and forever changed by it Mariya believes that Flamenco is not merely an artform but a way of life that gives you a unique perspective on the world, a path to achieve harmony within yourself and with the universe through illuminating your soul and resonating the world through your experiences.
Mariya has performed alongside such maestros as Antonio Vargas, Ángel Muñoz, Arturo Martínez, Jesus Montoya, Antonio Hidalgo, Chayito, and Vicente Griego among others. Some of her recent endeavors include repeat residencies as a guest artist and teacher for Centro Flamenco De Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA, and a guest appearance at a performance with Brent Del Bianco and members of Memphis Symphony Orchestra in Memphis, TN. Mariya regularly performs as a soloist throughout Kentucky and surrounding states as well as directs FlamencoTalk, located at 962 Baxter Ave, in Louisville.
In Flamenco, the more you learn, the more you realize how little you know and Mariya remains committed to her training by studying with some of the best Flamenco artists today. Each year she attends a summer intensive program at the National Institute of Flamenco at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Among her teachers are Eva Yerbabuena, María Pages, Joaquín Grilo, El Torombo, Juana Amaya, Andrés Marín, Adela Campallo, Úrsula Lopez, Israel Galván, Pastora Galván, Isabel Bayón, Javier Barón and Mercedes Ruíz to name a few.