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Maia Culbreath is a professional dancer and artist living in New York City. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Maia began dancing at age 10. She trained at Pasadena Dance Theatre before attending the University of North Carolina School of the Arts under Susan Jaffe, where she received her high school diploma. There, she performed in The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker. Maia moved to Virginia during the height of the pandemic to dance with Richmond Ballet for two seasons as a trainee. She danced corps and demi-soloist roles in Stoner Winslett’s The Nutcracker and Malcolm Burn’s Romeo and Juliet. Highlights include performing as soloist in Mourning Light by Gerard Ebitz. Maia joined Fort Wayne Ballet for their 2022-2023 season as a member of the corps de ballet, where she performed as a Weird Sister and Lead Wolf in Tracy Tritz’ Dracula, as well as understudying Lucy. She also danced corps and demi-soloist roles in Karen Gibbons Brown’s The Nutcracker and Swan Lake. She performed Edward Stierle’s Concerto Con Brio while at Richmond Ballet, as well as with Fort Wayne Ballet, where it was recorded for a PBS broadcast. She spent summer courses at Joffrey Ballet Chicago, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet, and Texas Ballet Theater.

A fun fact about Maia is that she sung on the 2010 major motion picture soundtrack of A Nightmare on Elm Street. With her strong classical ballet foundation, Maia returns to her childhood roots of singing and acting, and is delving further into jazz and contemporary forms of dance.

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