Maria Jo Stephens
Maria Stephens started dancing at the age of three, and has loved it ever since. She has trained with multiple studios in Salt Lake and Utah counties; including 2x National Champion Dance Crew, The Surge, and Ballet West Academy. She has trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary, modern, hip hop, ballroom, tap, world dance, and gymnastics. She focused her efforts into ballet. She trained at Ballet West Academy on a merit scholarship; performing lead and soloist roles in ballets like Pinocchio: Awake my Soul, Snow Maiden, Nutcracker, and many more. Maria is currently taking advanced level dance classes at Utah Valley University.
She competed with Ballet West Academy at Youth American Grand Prix International semifinals in 2016, where they took 1st place and was invited to compete at International Finals.
Outside of ballet she has won 1st in national competitions for multiple solos and is nationally ranked for the Youth Latin Pre-championships, and Youth Division 1 Cabaret, alongside Johnathan Tanner. She is also her high school 2016 Sterling Scholar for Dance and went to State semifinals.
Her choreography has won judges choice awards and superior rankings at Dance Company Festival Adjudication and SALT Choreography Festival, on multiple occasions.
She has performed in music videos for Dinah-Jane Hansen from “Fifth Harmony”, Alex Boye, and Sammie Cummings. Alongside The Surge, she was invited to attend auditions and callbacks for National Television Shows like "America's Got Talent" and "World of Dance". Partnered with Zion Willis, they made judges callbacks for "So You Think You Can Dance".
She now teaches jazz, ballet, tap, tumbling, and hip hop. Maria was the director for the junior jazz company at Academy of Ballet from 2015-2017.