Mara has been dancing since she was 3 years old. Beginning with the styles of Ballet and Ukrainian dance, she pursued her passion of dance into many other stage dance styles, including Ballroom, Latin and Martha Graham Modern dance. Mara has traveled all over the world for dance. Studying at the Alberta Ballet, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Joffrey Ballet in New York and, the Royal Academy of Dance in London, England. In these programs, Mara was told by many that she had a natural eye for teaching and a talent for creating choreography. She followed this passion of hers and became a teacher and choreographer at the age of 14 and continued to become Ballet Mistress and Stage Dance Department Head in 2018. Mara has been a professional dancer since the age of 15 when she was accepted to the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers.  Since then, she continues to dance professionally with Shumka, dancing Ballet and Pointe. Mara is currently studying at the University of Alberta as a major in English and minor in Creative Writing, Ukrainian Culture, Language and Literature and Women and Gender Studies, with aspirations to continue her education to become a teacher. Mara loves sharing her passion of dance with the students of Elite!