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2021-22 TREMAINE TEACHER OF THE YEAR

MARIA LAURA PARDO

DanceWorks Costa Rica – Escazu, San Jose, Costa Rica

I began my dance training in classical ballet, but soon discovered my true passion in jazz dance. It was a conglomerate of expressions, freedom, techniques, improvisations and everything I had searched for in the quest of my own style.

At 17, I decided to become a professional dancer, leaving my family and hometown to travel to the U.S.A., where I trained with some of the top teachers and companies. I accomplished my dream, being part of the biggest Las Vegas productions and touring throughout Mexico and Europe with the top Latin American musical artists.

After many years abroad dancing, choreographing, teaching, learning and growing, I returned to my homeland in 2003, and founded Danceworks Costa Rica. Since then I’ve dedicated my life to teaching my students discipline, creativity, determination and teamwork using the love of dance as my main instrument. This not only educates them, but gives them the structure and self confidence to pursue their dreams and goals in any field or profession they may choose in life. Our alumni proudly includes dancers in The Washington Ballet Company, ABT – American Ballet Theater School, students who have obtained key scholarships at University of the Arts and Point Park University in Pennsylvania, AMDA – The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, as well as many other very successful professionals including doctors, architects and designers, to mention just a few.

Thank You Joe and everyone at Team Tremaine, for all the INSPIRATION you have given me over the years. You have inspired me to keep working with passion and discipline in what I enjoy the most: teaching and training kids to be not only excellent dancers but better human beings. Like you always say: DANCE TRAINING is LIFE TRAINING.

Receiving the TREMAINE TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD was a dream come true!