Maria began her dance studies at the age of 6 by the RAD and ISTD methodologies in her hometown, Porto, and finished the syllabus of this specific techniques at the age of 13.
In an attempt to expand her knowledge in dance, she took part in several renown summer intensives such as Paris Opera Ballet School, English National Ballet School and Académie Princesse Grace in Monaco.At the age of 14 she moved to Lisbon in order to join the Portuguese National Conservatory, where she had the privilege to learn from prestigious artists like Irina Zavialova, Michail Zavialov and Catarina Moreira.
Her dance education continued at Ballettschule Theater Basel, in which she experienced works from Richard Wherlock, Heinz Spoerli, Jorge Garcia Pérez, Kenneth Macmillan and Johan Inger. Due to the extensive team of teachers and guest teachers, Maria was able to have contact with several distinguished professionals including Cinthia Labaronne, François Petit, David Peden, Stefanie Ardnt, Oscar Cordoba, Raymond Lukens, Franco de Vita and Michael Langeneckert.
She is currently exploring the freelancing scene in Zurich, by being part of different dance projects and is very much enjpying teaching ballet for various age groups and backgrounds.