Maia Charanis is a senior Dance Performance and Choreography major, and Political Science minor, at the University of South Carolina. She began her training at the Duluth School of Ballet under the direction of Peter Garick and soon transferred to Jonnie C. Kelly’s Dancer’s Studio Backstage. There she also performed with their pre-professional company, Atlanta Dance Theatre. Throughout her training Maia has attended dance conventions such as the Southeastern Regional Ballet Association (SERBA), and Regional Dance America (RDA).
She has also attended numerous summer dance intensives, including American Ballet Theatre: Alabama, Charlotte Ballet, Boston Ballet, Georgia’s Governor’s Honors Program, and the SC Summer Dance Program. During her time at the University of South Carolina, Maia has performed in notable works such as Balanchine’s Western Symphony, La Source, and Who Cares?, as well as Paul Taylor’s Company B and Catherine Long’s Sylvia. She has also performed in original works by Heather Stokes, Thaddeus Davis, and Bryan Arias. After college Maia hopes to dance professionally, and eventually work to promote arts advocacy.