Mariya Dashkina Maddux is a professional concert dance performer and a dance educator. A native of Kiev, Ukraine she was first introduced to dance through the classical Vaganova ballet technique. After moving to United States she studied under the direction of Ruth Weisen at the Thomas Armour Youth Ballet of Miami, FL and ultimately graduated summa cum laude with her BFA from New World School of the Arts under the directorship of Daniel Lewis.
Ms. Dashkina Maddux joined the Martha Graham Dance Company in 2007 and rose to the rank of the principal dancer, performing major roles in classical Graham repertoire such as Bride in Appalachian Spring, the Woman in Errand into the Maze, Eve in Embattled Garden, Woman in Red in Diversion of Angels, Conversation of Lovers, along with featured roles in Deaths and Entrances, Every Soul is a Circus, Sketches from Chronicle, Night Journey, Phaedra, and Ted Shawn's Serenata Morisca, an iconic solo Martha Graham became famous for during her highly successful career with the Greenwich Village Follies. Along with performing some of the most celebrated works of the American modern dance Ms. Dashkina Maddux was also honored to perform works created by some of the most influential contemporary choreographers such as Larry Keigwin, Richard Move, Luca Veggetti, Lar Lubovitch, Bulareyaung Pagarlava, Andonis Foniadakis, Anna Sokolow, Robert Wilson, Azure Barton, among others.
Ms. Dashkina Maddux was featured in Dance Magazine's "Dancer's Choice", and also appeared in forthcoming projects including the feature film Fall to Rise written and directed by Jayce Bartok, and in a Martha Graham technique instructional video. In addition to performing, Ms. Dashkina Maddux has collaborated with photographers to capture the art of dance, her images have appeared in published books Desert Flower by Guillherme Licurgo and When They Dance by Paula Lobo. Most recently her image was selected for the cover of The Art of Movement, a highly anticipated book conceived and created by Ken Browar and Deborah Ory.
Ms. Dashkina Maddux finds great inspiration in being a dance educator in both ballet and Martha Graham techniques for a wide range of ages. Places where she has taught include Martha Graham School of Dance, New World School of the Arts of Miami, FL, Thomas Armour Youth Ballet of Miami, FL, University of North Carolina of Greensboro, NC, Colburn School of Los Angeles, CA, among many others.
Currently, she is working together with Wake Forest Arts and the Town of Wake Forest to create the first free and open to the public Wake Forest Dance Festival.