Maria Vaughn is a professional choreographer, dancer, teacher, and is even building her own dance company: Vaughn Dance. She began choreographing pieces for performances and winning awards for her work at the age of fifteen. She has studied with notable dance figures all over the U.S. She is a classically trained dancer in: ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, tap, hip-hop, West African, flamenco, belly- dancing, precision dance, improvisation, pilates, yoga, partnering, contemporary, character, and Indian. Having recently moved from New Orleans, La where she did work as an independent dance artist and with Audacity Dance Collective she has not forgotten where she was born and raised. Originally from Huntsville, Alabama she studied dance at Community Ballet Association, danced in many independent pieces and ballets in various roles, and on a multitude of stages with Huntsville Ballet Company. Later she returned to work professionally with Alabama Youth Ballet. After graduating high school in Huntsville, Alabama she went on to spend some years in Mississippi working on her degrees from The University of Southern Mississippi where she received a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography as well as a Business Management degree. During her time at USM she was a Dixie Darling and created "The Human Movement Experience Exhibit," a site-specific work at the Hattiesburg Zoo. In addition to her studying she spent some time on the Gulf Coast where she taught dance with Robin Adams Performing Arts Center. She is happy to return to the Gulf Coast where she is excited to be working at Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, The Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center of Arts and Education, at the Vega Bellydance studio, and with the Sultry Southern Sirens.