Maria Basile is a founding member and co-artistic director for sjDANCEco. After earning her BS in Dance from the University of Oregon, she relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area. She has danced with companies such as ODC/SF and Anne Bluethenthal & Dancers and has also performed independently with choreographers Lisa Burnett, Betsy Kagen, Bih-Tau Sung, and Cathleen McCarthy. Basile is a Balance instructor (posture/ structural integration), certified by the Balance Center in Palo Alto. Since
What did the Fellowship or Laureate mean to you at the time you received it?
I am honored and elated to have received the Artist Fellowship Award for Dance Performance. This has been a significant milestone on my journey through dance, joyfully propelling me forward to continue with my first love. I feel appreciated and publicly celebrated for my contributions to our arts community in the Silicon Valley. I am fortunate to be able to sustain myself through my art so my heart remains open, and I remain a vessel for my art to flow through me and with me.
What do you do now? Has your art evolved or changed?
I am co-director/choreographer/performer of sjDANCEco. I teach dance at San Jose State University, De Anza College and San Jose City College. My evolution has been a continuous process, one that I hardly notice because I am always doing what I am called to do. In addition to expanding with my company sjDANCEco, I have had the opportunity to tour with Spector Dance's multimedia dance performance called Ocean - a subject that is close to my heart about the state of the world's oceans and what we can do about it.
What is one piece of advice you would give to an emerging artist?
The average person has 11 jobs in his/her life time....why not do what you love first instead of last! Surround yourself with people who support you and your visions!
Briefly, how would you describe the state of the arts locally, as well as national and beyond?
Growing, better exposure than ever!
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