Maria Fontana

Maria F.

Minneapolis, MN
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Hello Dancers-
I have been in love with Ballet since I was a small child. I was fortunate enough to dance with NYC Ballet and study with many great Ballet Masters. Danced in many ballets- my favorite ballet is Coppelia.
However, my ballet career was cut short due to an unexpected illness-MS.
However, once a ballerina or any form of a dancer You are Always a dancer!!!

So I began teaching ballet for the past 17 years to all levels and all ages. I truly believe in the foundation of Ballet- The discipline, the body alignment and awareness is essential for everything in life.

I teach in various dance studios in the Twin Cities and gyms. I also started teaching “Barre” Class but in my own Balletic Fashion to keep up with the kids-HA!

Because this is what I always say-ask anyone-Everything Starts with Ballet and its FUN to be more flexible than all your friends!!!!!

Hope to dance with you soon-Miss Maria

About Maria F.

Hello Dancers-

I have been dancing since I was a small child-I always wanted to be a ballerina and even though my path has taken some unexpected turns my life has always been centered around dance.

I was bless to have study and dance with NYC Ballet. I couldn’t ask for a better training! I also performed in many ballets throughout my time as a dancer: started as a Rat in yes the Famous Battle Scene,a Solider, on to a Snow Flake, a Flower and Finally the Spanish Lady in Nutcracker.

Four Seasons-I was always the dancer in the Fall season.
Swan Lake - Started as one of the core Swan dancers and finally I was cast as one of the 4 Big Swans!! Yeah!
and many more ballets I was honored to perform in!

One day my path took an unexpected turn-I woke up BLIND-I went straight to the ER- I was so scared—and surrounded by tons of ER Doctors and Nurses?
What was happening to me?

Well, it took sometime and lots of test and The MAYO Clinic in MN to get the answers-I had MS.

Lost my job as a dancer and I was just so depressed-wanted to die-thought my life was over but the Nurses talked to me and the first thing they said- Once a dancer always a dancer!!!

The doctors told me to start teaching ballet and to stay in MN because the Mayo Clinic runs various drug trials. Through the years-I have tried many different drugs to slow down the progression of MS.

So I started teaching many different ages and levels of Ballet to men and woman at various studios in the Twin Cities.
I also teach Total Stretch Classes, Fitness Barre but with the focus still on the Ballet Principles and I started a Class for People with MS & Parkinson’s = once again using the foundation of Ballet.

Once again a NEW challenge COVID-19- so I began teaching online because studios and gyms closedown.

Remember Everything starts with ballet—
Hope to dance with you soon-

Thank you-L- Miss Maria


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5 Reviews
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I took in person classes with Maria for three years at the YMCA in Minneapolis. I was so sad when she was let go from there due to the Covid furloughs. I gained so much flexibility and strength. And she was so much fun as a teacher and played great music!

Posted Jul 4, 2021
Morgan W.
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Maria is kind and a very skilled instructor.

Posted Apr 16, 2021
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Perfect teacher. My son loves working with Miss Maria.

Posted Mar 20, 2021
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Superbly great. Creative and fun. Miss Maria is helpful and in ever way an awesome teacher.

Posted Mar 13, 2021
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Miss Maria is amazing. She is a great dancer and is super sweet and caring! I enjoyed working with her.

Posted Dec 7, 2020

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Associates of Art & Science Degree
Sep 1991 - Aug 1993

Brown Institute

Jul 1985 - Jan 1990

New York City Ballet


CPR & First Aid
Sep 2020

Red Cross

Group Fitness
May 2020


Group fitness certification allows me to teach group of individuals in a group setting at gyms, centers-YWCA, YMCA
Barre Connect
Apr 2020


Allows me to teach at various gyms and clubs


First Place in my Age Division - Ballet- Pointe Solo
Mar 1984

Dance Masters of America

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