MAIA BLAKE was born and raised in Andover, Massachusetts, and began dancing at Andover School of Ballet and New England Civic Ballet/Northeast Dance Center. Upon entering high school, she moved to Pittsfield, ME to continue her training at Bossov Ballet Theatre under the direction of Natalya Getman from 2016-2019. There, she had the opportunity to perform in many full-length ballets in soloist and corps roles. Her repertoire includes The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Cipollino, Giselle, Carmen, Don Quixote. Maia is currently a fourth year at The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. In her time at CCM, she has had the privilege of performing a wide range of repertoire at the university such as Giselle in CCM’s full length Giselle, Paquita in Paquita, Shades in La Bayadere, Napoli Pas de Six, and more. She has had the pleasure of working with professors Tricia Sundbeck, Isabele Elefson, Deirdre Carberry, Shauna Steele, Molly Schneider Perez, Qi Jiang, as well as with guests Amy Seiwert and Jennie Creer-King. She has also had the opportunity to attend Cincinnati Ballet, Bossov Ballet, and Boston Ballet during their summer programs. Maia is beyond grateful to begin her professional career with Ballet Spartanburg!