Maria Basile makes her company debut as choreographer for the 2013-14 production of Hansel and Gretel. Ms. Basile is a founding member and co-artistic director for sjDANCEco. After earning her BS in Dance from the University of Oregon, she relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area. She has danced with companies such as ODC/SF and Anne Bluethenthal & Dancers and has also performed independently with choreographers Lisa Burnett, Betsy Kagen, Bih-Tau Sung, and Cathleen McCarthy.
Ms. Basile is a Balance instructor (posture/ structural integration), certified by the Balance Center in Palo Alto. Since 1996, she has been a prominent teacher of ballroom, modern, and Latin dance at San José State University, De Anza College, and Buddy Party Dance Studio in Cupertino. Her love of dance is rooted in her outstanding gymnastics background. As a member of the 1987 USA Gymnastics Team, Basile competed in The XXIII Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Varna, Bulgaria and in The Konica Cup, the first U.S. international rhythmic gymnastics competition, in Princeton, New Jersey. Following these performances, Ms. Basile expanded her work, training top regional athletes at the U.S. Olympic Training Centers and coaches from the Gymnastics Federation of Guatemala.