Teacher & ChoregrapherBarbara Ellis Studio of Dance
Maria Vasquez Hoffmann was born and raised in Colorado Springs and started dancing at the Barbara Ellis Studio of Dance when she was just 3-years-old. All grown-up, she now teaches the 3 to 5 year-olds at the studio and enjoys every minute of it. She has a special way of relating to her students and creates a fun learning atmosphere that enables her to share her love and knowledge of dance with her classes.
It goes without saying that working with younger dancers is Maria’s forte. In 2008, she started her teaching career at another studio in town with class instruction in ballet, lyrical, tap, and hip-hop for 3 to 9 year-olds. In 2010, she also started teaching tap, jazz, and hip-hop at a sports club to students ages 3 to 7. That same year, she also joined the teaching staff at BESD
Maria is a graduate of Palmer High School in Colorado Springs and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education form Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. While in college, Maria mainly focused on her education, but she was also on the school’s dance team for a year.
Having grown up in the studio, when Maria came home from college she also came back to BESD as a student – taking every class as if it were her first to continue to improve her dance skill. Along with teaching, she still continues take classes and considers herself a BESD lifer.
Maria’s husband, Kirk, is a big supporter of Maria’s love of dance and her “second” teaching job – her first job is teaching first graders at Scholars to Leaders Academy.