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Maria Chapman

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Maria Chapman is from St. Simons Island, Georgia. She was a student of Magdalena Maury and studied under Patricia Bromley at Terpsichore Co., Ltd. in Atlanta. At 15 years old, she moved to New York City to continue her training on full scholarship at the prestigious School of American Ballet. Maria spent summers studying ballet at Boston Ballet School, Houston Ballet School, Joffrey Ballet School, Pacific Northwest Ballet School, and the School of American Ballet. At 18 years old, she joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice, and has risen through the ranks, dancing many leading roles, to become a Principal Dancer.Ms. Chapman danced in the BBC's 1999 film version of PNB's production of George Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dream, filmed at Sadler's Wells Theatre, London. Maria has performed in London, Scotland, Istanbul, Australia, Hong Kong, New York, and Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center, and she performs as a guest artist with Absolute Ballet. She is also featured in the 1999 danceWORKS fitness video as well as Bloch dance wear and MPG Sport advertising. In addition to her performing career, Ms. Chapman is a founding member (1998 to present) of Second Stage for Dancers, PNB's career transition program. Second Stage supports the PNB dancers in planning and navigating the unique transition into a second career after retirement from ballet. She is currently the Second Stage Program Director.

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