Maria Moreno Ferrin has performed and choreographed in numerous musicals, ballets, and revues. Before moving to Portland, she worked with Ballet Classico and Ballet Concierto in Mexico City, and the San Antonio Ballet, San Antonio Symphony, and San Antonio Opera Association in Texas. In Mexico City, she was a dancer with Amelia Hernandez’ Ballet Folkloric at Bellas Artes and has performed with many Flamenco groups in the United States, Mexico, and Spain. She began her studies in San Antonio, Texas with Ruth Matlock and Victor Moreno, and in Dallas, Texas with Marjorie Tallchief of the Edith James School. In Texas she studied Spanish dance with Rogelio Rodriguez and Alta Garcia. After receiving a scholarship to Bellas Artes la academia de danza she joined the Ballet Folklorico and danced with Ballet Classico and Ballet Concierto. She also studied modern, jazz and tap. After moving to Portland, Maria began teaching and choreographing for Metro Dance Center, Ballet Oregon, Portland Community Ballet, Jackie Kunzman School, Washington State Ballet and Portland Dance Academy. To introduce Spanish and Mexican dance, she formed her own company, Ballet Fiesta. The company’s emphasis was Flamenco, but they also performed other Spanish dance including regional Spanish folk dances (jotas), neo-classical dances and escuela bolero (eighteenth century dance). The Mexican dance performances included regional dances from Vera Cruz, Jalisco, and Tehuantepec, and Polka Nortenos.