Choreographer, Dancer, Teacher



Maria Sokolova started her training in Samara, Russia. She has studied multiple forms of dance including but not limited to, Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Folk, Contemporary dance. She has studied Modern dance techniques : Martha Graham’s technique, José Limon’s technique, Merce Cunningham’s technique, Lester Horton’s technique, Doris Humphry technique, Catherine Dunhem technique. Maria specializes now mostly in Contemporary dance techniques: release, floorwork, flying low, contact improvisation, partnering, dance improvisation.
Maria has been very fortunate throughout her years to attend numerous training programs and workshops to master her skills. She has graduated with a Bachelor degree in Contemporary Dance at the Samara State Pedagogical University. A part from all of her dancing, Maria regularly teaches contemporary dance technique and improvisation for children and grown-ups. Her performances and dance miniatures for children and grown-ups win prize places in dance contests and festivals. Maria has been involved in several TV projects and worked with renowed russian and international directors and choreographers such as Daniele Finzi Pasca, Bryn Walters, Ilya Averbuh and others. She always continues to develop and improve her skills, technique, attends professional workshops and laboratories.


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'TANCY NA TNT' (So You Think You Can Dance Russia)Top-502015
Closing Ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games in SochiChapter “The World of Malevich, Kandinsky and Chagall” dedicated to Russian art2014
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Numerous dance miniatures and performanceswhich have won second and first prize places in dance contests and festivalschoreographed by Maria Sokolova
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Dance Laboratory with Iñaki Azpillaga (Spain/Belgium - Ultima Vez Company Teacher)Belgium, 2016
Dance Laboratory (Work-In-Progress) With Olga Labovkina (Belorussia)Final Performance was presented to the audienceRussia, 2014
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Modern and Contemporary dance technique for children (age 8-16)Dance Ensemble ‘Grazia’ (‘Grace’) for children and young peoplesince 2014
Modern and Contemporary dance technique / Improvisationcreative dance group by Maria Sokolovasince 2013
Contemporary dance / Modern Jazzpopular danceschools of Samara, Russia2009 - 2013
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Worked with Daniele Finzi Pasca (Director, author, choreographer | Switzerland)staging the Closing Ceremony of Winter Olympic GamesSochi, 2014
Worked with Bryn Walters (International Choreographer)staging the Closing Ceremony of Winter Olympic GamesSochi, 2014
Worked with Ilya Averbuh (Director, Choreographer | Russia)staging the Closing Ceremony of Winter Olympic GamesSochi, 2014
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EDUCATION : Samara State Pedagogical University2014-2017BFA in Contemporary Dance
Narendra Patil (India)2017Flying Low and Passing Through / IndYog-Contemporary
Iñaki Azpillaga (Spain/Belgium - Ultima Vez Company Teacher)2016Contemporary technique / Partnering
Laura Aris Alvarez (Ultima Vez Company Teacher)2016Contemporary technique / Improvisation
Marta Coronado (Spain/Belgium - Rosas Company)2016Floorwork / Release
Clinton Stringer (Belgium - Rosas dance company)2016Rosas dance company repertoire
Kathryn Vickers (USA/Belgium)2016Improvisation
Marina Neyshtadt (Russia)2013-2016Modern dance technique / Contemporary dance technique
Konstantin Koval (Ukraine)2016Dance Improvisation
Monica Novillo Gil (Spain)2015Flamenco
Alena Lezhava (Germany)2015Contemporary Dance Technique / Floorwork
Anna Ozerskaya (Switzerland )2015Contemporary Dance Technique / Dance improvisation
Lilia Burdinskaya (Russia)2015Gaga / Modern dance technique (J.Limon, M.Cunningham)
Konstantin Keyhel (Russia)2015Contemporary dance technique / Balance
Galina Gracheva (Russia)2015 / 2014 / 2012Jazz and Contemporary dance technique / Improvisation
Olga Labovkina (Belorussia)2014Contemporary dance technique / Partnering / Improvisation
Yaroslav Kaynar (Ukraine)2014Modern Jazz / Contemporary dance technique
Tatiana Tarabanova (Russia)2014 / 2012Flying low / Contemporary technique
Pavel Samohvalov (Russia)2014Contemporary dance technique
Andrey Razgivin (Russia)2013-2014Contemporary Dance / Partnering
Gil Harush (Israel)2013Contemporary technique / Repertoire (duet work,drama and theatre)
Ederson Rodrigues Xavier (Brazil)2013Contemporary dance technique
Fornier Ortiz (Finland)2013contemporary 'Drop and Twist' technique
Pavel Malitsky (Poland)2013Contemporary dance technique
Andjey Adamshak (Poland)2013Contemporary dance technique
Ashot Nazaretyan (Russia)2012Jazz and Contemporary Dance technique
Tatiana Ostroverh (Ukraine/France)2012Modern dance technique / Contemporary
'Les Twins' Larry and Laurant (France)2010Hip Hop / Experimental
Michail Kolegov (Russia)2010 / 2009Release technique
Sergei Smirnov (Russia)2009Composition
Maria Samsonova (Russia)2009Contemporary dance technique
Elvira Pervova (Russia)2009Contemporary dance technique
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Skills Col 1 Skills Col 2 Skills Col 3
StiltsDancing and Acro on stilts. Worked as a stilt-performer and dancer at the theatre2013-2014


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