Maria Osende is a highly accomplished professional dancer, teacher, choreographer and producer. Born and raised in Madrid, Spain, Osende started dancing ballet at the age of seven. At seventeen, a Fulbright scholarship allowed her to deepen her ballet studies at the renowned School of American Ballet in New York City. Prior to moving to Halifax, Osende danced professionally with the Compañia Nacional de Danza in Spain and the Berlin Ballet in Germany, where she was soon promoted to soloist. During this time, she worked with various internationally renowned choreographers, performing a wide-ranged repertoire of classical and contemporary dance.
Over time, Osende’s passion for creativity and artistic freedom brought her back to her Spanish roots and to flamenco, becoming a freelance flamenco dancer in Berlin before moving to Canada in 2003 and taking Halifax by storm.
Since then Osende has produced over 30 works, ranging from full-length main stage shows to solos and commissions. In the fall of 2015, Osende was awarded with the “Established Artist Recognition Award” by Arts Nova Scotia and the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council.
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