Maya Zellman is a dance educator and performer, specializing in many dance styles, including salsa, hip-hop, stepping, and creative movement. Since graduating from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures, she has been a member of one of Los Angeles' leading hip-hop companies, Versa-Style Dance Company, and is a co-founder of IN/EX Dance Project, a contemporary dance company based in Los Angeles. She has worked regularly for many other LA-based dance companies, most notably, Ballet Folklorico Do Brasil (samba) and Contra-Tiempo (salsa).
As a member of Versa-Style, Maya danced for John Tesh and appeared in his PBS special, “ALIVE: Music and Dance.” Maya is a featured dancer in the documentary film "Furious Beauty" that follows a year in the life of a hip-hop dance company preparing for a large scale performance. She has had the privilege of touring nationally and internationally, performing in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Brazil, India, and Israel. She has been invited to teach dance classes internationally, including at the Federal University of Parana in Curiitba, Brazil, Hakvusa be Yaffo in Tel Aviv, Israel, and several workshops in Havana, Cuba.
Maya’s workshop series focuses around the Universal Theme of The Human Family. Students will be able to learn and create their own choreography by studying social dance forms such as Hip-Hop, Salsa, or Stepping. By focusing on these styles of dance, they reflect on the roles individuals play in the construct of a community. Students will also be able to understand that the uniqueness of self is a fundamental process inside a functioning and cooperative community, by placing an emphasis on empowering and valuing individuality. Maya believes that dance, especially dance born from social settings, will provide the communal gift of connecting, expanding, and collaborating and give testament to a true reflection of the human spirit.
To schedule an Arts Integration Partnership and/or Professional Development at your school, please call (213) 972-4330 or EMAIL US›