Maren is a Raleigh native that developed her love of dance at a young age. She graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts High School with a concentration in ballet performance and went on to dance professionally with the Louisville Ballet. Some of her favorite performances include Ethan Stiefel's 'Nutcracker', Larry Kegwin's 'Kingdom', and Robert Curran's 'Coppelia'. Maren earned her Bachelor's of Social Work from Appalachian State University and focuses on integrating a person-centered approach into her teaching methods. Maren is passionate about creating a safe and open environment in which students are encouraged to explore, learn, and express themselves. She can't wait to share her love of ballet with our Barriskill family!