Maria Napoli has been dancing since the age of 2. She trained at American Studio of Performing Arts on Long Island, New York from the age of 9, going to a variety of studios before finding her perfect studio match. She competed from ages 10-18, and started choreographing for herself at the age of 16. She was a choreographer for musicals in high school, including The Wizard of Oz which was her favorite! She also choreographed and was a captain on her high school’s dance team, being a member of the team all throughout high school. Dancing, competing, and being a part of dance teams growing up really lit a match under her to want to use dance as a healing mechanism in her life and career. She studied Expressive Arts Therapy at Lesley University, doing a dual degree program and also completing her Master’s degree in Dance/Movement Therapy during her last two years of undergrad. In her time in undergrad, she was on the Lesley Dance Team, choreographing almost every semester of college and being a member of the executive board for the last 2.5 years. She joined Nozama the September after she graduated from undergrad and finished up her time on Dance Team, as she couldn’t take not being a part of a dance community any longer. She is a first time choreographer for Nozama this season, and is so excited to show what she’s been working on!