A passionate advocate for early childhood dance education, Maria Hanley teaches ages 18 months to 6 years in New York City. Maria currently designs and implements ballet programs for the young families and after school division at the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan. In Brooklyn, Maria teaches creative movement, creative ballet, and parent/toddler classes at Dancewave Center and The Mark Morris Dance Group. Maria holds a Master’s degree in dance education from New York University (2007) and a Bachelor’s degree in dance performance from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania (2005). Maria has presented about early childhood at the Dance Teacher Summit the past two years in New York City. Maria authors the blog Maria’s Movers, where she shares her creative ideas about teaching young dancers.