Maria Ratoshnuk

Maria Ratoshnuk hails from Kahovka, Ukraine where her upbringing was heavily immersed in the fundamental culture of Ukrainian Folk Dance. Having moved to North Carolina at an early age, her dance repertoire was propelled through her training at Ballet Lehman USA under the direction of Terry Munro. Maria furthered her training in commercial dance by moving to New York City and training under various commercial dance programs, competitions, and intensives such as Gigi Torres EYE Program, New York City Dance Alliance, Jump!, and Broadway Dance Center. Maria also became a member of the Fashion Institute of Technology Dance Company in 2009 and completed her AAS Degree in Visual Presentation & Exhibition Design in the years following. Longing to make an impact on the professional dance world, Maria began to do so through her first major booking: Lil Kim Return of the Queen Nationwide Tour. Most recently Maria has become a member of the world renowned Brooklynettes, the professional dance team of the Brooklyn Nets. Through her training in classical ballet and studies in visual design, she believes that “It takes an athlete to dance, but an artist to be a dancer.” Maria is looking forward to her Rookie year as a Brooklynette while taking on the dance industry by storm.