Maria Blanco is a dancer, choreographer, and sociologist from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She enjoys combining social dance with her modern/contemporary training to push the boundaries of dance, what it means to be a dancer, and who can dance. She is on a constant journey to explore how improvisation can be used as a tool for both dancers and non-movers, changing the narrative of where dance is accessible, and who it is accessible to. Maria Blanco received her B.A in Dance and Sociology from Loyola University Chicago May of 2018. In collaboration with Yariana Baralt Torres, she co-founded LOUD BODIES, a dance company that combines dance and activism to provoke change and bring a voice to oppressed topics or communities. Maria has presented her works at the American College Dance Association, Loyola University Chicago, the Greenhouse Theatre, the Breaking Grounds Performance Series at Links Hall, the Athenaeum Theatre, and Collaboraction’s Peacebook Festival. She just recently performed with Erin Kilmurray’s cast of SEARCH PARTY at the 2019 Pivot Arts Festival.
Started at the Old Town School in August of 2019