Maria Zhukovskaya was born in Krasnodar, south of Russia on March 16, 1984. She was 6 years old when her Mom took her to her first ballroom dance school. Maria has 15 years of Professional International Ballroom Dance experience in both competition and performance in the International Latin and International Standard Styles.
In 2009 Maria came to the United States and upon settling in Los Angeles she realized that Salsa and Bachata were very popular. She started taking classes and in March 2012 she became a dance partner with Cristian Oviedo- 4times World Salsa Champion. Although she dances Salsa, ChaChaCha and Bachata, she continues with her ballroom dancing and in December 2012 she won her first U.S. competition in West Coast Fred Astaire SD Championship in Open Pro and Rising Star American Smooth. On summer 2013 Maria won her 1st place in Bachata at the International Salsa Open with Javier Campinez. And they were finalists at the World Latin Dance Cup 2013 in Bachata Couple Devision. With Cristian they became 2nd in ChaChaCha Devision at the WLDC 2013. Maria has her Dance company – Mari Dansé and she’s teaching Ladies Latin Styling, Salsa, Bachata, ChaChaCha and Ballroom International styles. She has her beginning salsa team for adults and with Cristian they have a Professional Dance team – Descarga. She is also teaching kids groups and private classes. Maria is specialized on making Wedding First dance choreography and offering shows for different events and parties. She’s been the choreographer for the Equinox salsa team for 2013 year. She worked on choreography for TV show ‘Dancing with the Stars’. In February 2014 Maria and Cristian won their title of the World Champions in ChaChaCha Devision at the World Salsa Summit in Miami.