Mariterese, a Chicagoland native, received her early training locally at The Academy of Dance Arts and Xtreme Dance Force. She recently graduated with honors from Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Business and Entrepreneurship. While completing her undergraduate degree, she performed in various events around Chicago including Carnival Choreographer’s Ball, The Miss Illinois Pageant, World of Dance, and Dance Chicago. Mariterese is an instructor with Universal Dance Association (UDA) where she travels across the country teaching high school and college dance camps and working local and national championships. Through UDA, she had the opportunity to be a master instructor for Ecuador Dance Week in Guayaquil, Ecuador and judge competitions in Bottrop, Germany. Mariterese continues to choreograph and teach for various studios and schools around the Chicagoland area. Mariterese is also in her first season as a Gioradano II company member with Giordano Dance Chicago.