Maria Ford, Owner/Operator & Senior Instructor

Maria Ford, Owner/Operator & Senior Instructor
Maria Ford, Owner/Operator

Styles: West Coast Swing | New York Hustle | Partnered Blues

I have danced since before I could walk. Today, I focus on West Coast Swing and NY Hustle. I also enjoy other partnered street dances, including Blues, Fusion, Kizomba, Salsa, and Bachata. 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, competing and performing, 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, editor, and entrepreneur at Phrase Strategy.

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.