Maria Sotnikova is a professional dancer and choreographer. For 15 years, she danced with KAURI, a contemporary dance company based in her hometown of Vladivostok. During her time with KAURI, Mariia became a staff teacher at their school for both adults and children, teaching contemporary, jazz and contact improvisation. Mariia was honored with an International Choreographer Residency from American Dance Festival (ADF), where she danced for ADF’s William Forsythe Project. Mariia currently performs with Palanza Dance Company and Kinetech Arts and with various artists throughout Bay Area. She is also a founding member and choreographer of TILTshift Dance Theater.