Mariya Dashkina Maddux "Masha" is a professional concert dance performer and a dance educator. A native of Kiev, Ukraine, she was first introduced to dance through the classical Vaganova ballet technique. After moving to the United Sates, she studied under the direction of Ruth Weisen at the Thomas Armour Youth Ballet of Miami Florida and ultimately graduated Summa Cum Laude with her BFA from New World School of the Arts under the directorship of Daniel Lewis.
Ms. Dashkina Maddux joined the Martha Graham Dance Company in 2007 and had rose to the rank of Principal dancer. Masha finds great inspiration in being a dance educator in both ballet and Martha Graham techniques for a wide range of ages. Masha is the founder and director of the Wake Forest Dance Festival. She received the Alto Jonio Best Dancer Award from Fini Dance.