Maya Soto is a choreographer, performer and award-winning arts educator. She is a member of Catapult Dance Company and a successful freelance artist. Her significant contributions to Seattle dance earned her the Velocity Dance Champion Award in 2014. Her work has been supported by 4Culture, Office of Arts & Culture, Allied Arts Foundation and creative residencies at Velocity Dance Center, eXIT SPACE, and 10 degrees. Her vast body of work includes concert performance, movement installations, dance for theater and for film. Athleticism, rhythmic dynamics and ferocity are pillars of her work. She brings together classical dance training with a sense of theatrical play.
Over the years, she has worked with many notable artists/companies including Michele Miller, Nico Tower, Amy O’Neal, KT Neihoff, Sandstrommovement, and LeGendre Performance Group. From 2003-2012, she co-directed collaborative dance company, Northwest Dance Syndrome. She has created and produced 7 evening length shows over the last 13 years. Her choreography has been featured in every major dance festival in the Northwest including OTB/Northwest New Works Festival (SEA), BOOST Dance Festival (SEA), Pacific Dance Makers (PDX), Seattle International Dance Festival (SEA), Conduit's Dance+ Festival (PDX), Juan De Fuca Festival of the Arts (Port Angeles), SITEWORKS (Tacoma) and the Arts in Nature Festival (SEA). Truly a Pacific Northwest artist, Maya is originally from the Portland area and has been calling Seattle home since 1999.
Passionate about arts education, Maya is on faculty at Velocity Dance Center and the Northwest School. Whether teaching in a studio, school, workshop or master class, Maya brings an open-hearted energetic teaching style that embraces all people. She has taught at Cornish College of the Arts, Bellevue College, International Ballet Academy, eXIT SPACE School of Dance, Strictly Seattle Summer Intensive, and Seattle International Dance Festival’s intensive – The Threshold Institute. After earning a BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts, Maya went on to pursue a Washington State Professional Teaching Certificate. She has worked extensively in the public school system as a certified dance specialist and a teaching artist for Seattle Theater Group and the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP). From 2006-2013 she directed the dance program at Highline School District’s Arts and Academics Academy. While working for the Highline School District, she served on the Superintendent's Council for the Arts, OSPI's GLE Arts Team and the Arts School Design/Leadership Committee. Maya is currently serving as President-Elect on the board of Dance Educators Association of Washington.