Sol y Sombra Spanish Dance Company is an exciting combination of multi-cultural dance and Spanish Flamenco music.
In addition to numerous guest artist appearances and solo concerts at colleges and art centers throughout the U.S., she has danced as a company member with Estrella Morena’s Ballet de Madrid, The American Spanish Dance Theatre and Jose Molina’s Bailes Espanoles with which she toured for many years throughout the U.S. and abroad. She has made appearances in such well known venues as the U.N., Lincoln Centers Out-of-Doors, Town Hall, the Applecore & Tri-plex theater in N.Y.C. , Washington D.C.’ s Armory Arts Center, the Kravis Performing Arts Center & Four Arts Theaters in Palm Beach, Florida, NYC’s Channel 11 WBLX; both L.I’s Staller & Tilles Centers for the Performing Arts as guest artist with the L.I. Symphony, University of Georgia’s Arts & Humanities Center and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.
When not performing, Maria Loreta has taught Spanish Dance for numerous schools and institutions throughout the New York Metropolitan area including the Seiskaya School of Ballet, the Connecticut Ballet, Dowling College & the Ballet of Puerto Rico, as well as master classes for Suffolk Community College’s Theater Department, Bridgeport University’s Regional Center for the Arts and University of Georgia Arts & Humanities Center. Currently, she is on the dance faculty of Stony Brook University’s Center for Dance & Movement & Somatic Learning where she teaches Spanish, Flamenco & Latin dance forms as well as being their Director of Community Outreach.
An avid arts-in-education exponent, Maria has worked for such well known AIE programs as The National Theater, Young Audiences, and Arts Connection. With Sol y Sombra, she gives programs for BOCES Arts in Humanities Programs in numerous Counties throughout New York State. In 2000, she was trained by Lincoln Center as a teaching artist in the Lincoln Center Method of Aesthetic Education and works as a teaching artist for the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts.
Maria has been the subject of full page articles in both the N.Y. Times and Newsday and has been interviewed by National Public Radio. Recently, she made an appearance on PBS Channel 21”s art program “Tickets”. She has been an auditor for the N.Y. State Council on the Arts and member of numerous NYSCA DEC grant panels. She has served on the Board of Directors for Newsday’s L.I Arts Committee and the Performing Arts Committee of the Ward Melville Heritage Society as well as the executive board of Long Island’s Dance Consortium. In 2001, she was awarded a Distinguished Lectureship at the University of Georgia’s Arts & Humanities Center and in 2005, she was appointed by the Suffolk County Legislature to be on The Citizen’s Advisory Board on the Arts for Suffolk County.
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