Maria Hanley shares similar ideals to that of the Kinderdance community. Her involvement in early dance education is inspiring, and her blog is full of rich, useful content. It is wonderful to read her experiences and empathize with the learning and teaching processes.
Here is a bit about Maria:
A passionate advocate for early childhood dance education, Maria Hanley specializes in teaching ages 5 months to 6 years. She currently designs and implements creative ballet programs for the young families and after school division at the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan. Maria teaches a variety of creative dance and infant/toddler programsthroughout New York City, including The Mark Morris Dance Group, Dancewave Center and 92Y Parenting Center.
Maria authors the blog Maria’s Movers (http://www.mariasmovers.com) where she shares creative ideas and strategies for teaching young dancers. The blog unites a community of teachers who are inspiring our youngest dance artists every day. Maria holds a Master’s degree in Dance Education from New York University and a Bachelor’s degree in dance from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. Maria served on the Dance/NYC Junior Committee for 2 years and presented at the 2012 Dance USA Conference.