Maia Charanis grew up dancing in Atlanta, Georgia under the direction of Jonnie C. Kelley at the Dancer’s Studio Backstage and performed with their pre-professional company, Atlanta Dance Theatre (ADT.) As a company member, Maia attended and performed at annual festivals such as SERBA and RDA. In 2014 Maia graduated from North Springs Charter High School’s Visual and Performing Arts Magnet Program, after completing 4 years as a member of the North Springs Dance Company.
In 2018 Maia graduated magna cum laude from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in Dance Performance and Choreography, where she performed works by choreographers such as George Balanchine, Paul Taylor, Thaddeus Davis, Tanya Wideman-Davis, and Bryan Arias. In 2017 Maia was awarded the Director’s Award, and in 2018 she travelled to Washington D.C. with the USC Dance Company to perform a work by Shaun Boyle at the National Festival of the American College Dance Association at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. After earning her degree Maia moved back to Atlanta where she completed a year training and performing with the Immerse ATL program. Maia currently dances with Kit Modus, where she has performed works by Jillian Mitchell and Noelle Kayser, and most recently worked with Mark Caserta in a guest residency.
Maia is beyond excited to be teaching at Still Pointe and is so grateful to be joining the Still Pointe community.