Maria Ford, Owner/Operator

Maria Ford, Owner/Operator
Maria Ford, Owner/Operator (Photo by Victor Daller)

Styles: West Coast Swing | New York Hustle | Partnered Blues | East Coast Swing | Latin Club

I have danced since before I could walk. Today, I focus on West Coast Swing, NY Hustle, Blues, Fusion, and other partnered street dances including Salsa, Bachata, and Kizomba. I actively compete in the top divisions of both WCS (All-Star since 2014) and Hustle (Professional/Open).

I’ve taught in a variety of adult-education settings for two decades, including as a professor and coach in a college, and nearly a decade teaching adult dance and training others to teach effectively. I’ve also choreographed and performed competitively successful West Coast Swing routines and achieved Master-level instructor certification and Judging certification from the Global Professional Dance Instructors Association (GPDIA).

Today, I am committed to developing Ottawa’s partner-dance community as well as training and mentoring emerging competitors and instructors.

This is not my full-time job, but it is a full-time passion. I am also a professional communicator, writer, and editor. I am a member of the World Swing Dance Council, the International Hustle Dance Association, and the Global Professional Dance Instructors Association.

You can reach me by email or phone: (613) 291-4376.