MS: " 'Real isn't how you are made,' said the Skin Horse. 'It's a thing that   happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.'


            is a choreographer, performer, and award-winning arts       educator. She is a member of Catapult Dance Company and a  successful independent artist. She is a recipient of the               Velocity Dance Champion Award (2014) for significant                contribution to Seattle dance. Her vast body of work includes   concert performance, movement installations, dance for theater and forfilmAthleticism, embodied movement and rhythmic dynamics are pillars of her work. She brings together classical dance training and a sense of play and

been calling Seattle home since 1999. Over the years, she has worked with many notable artists/companies including Amy   O’Neal, KT Neihoff, Sandstrommovement, and LeGendre Performance Group. From 2003-2012, she co-directed collaborative        dance company, Northwest Dance Syndrome. Passionate about arts education, Maya is on the faculty at Velocity Dance                Center and the Northwest School. She has taught at Cornish College of the Arts, Bellevue College,   Strictly Seattle Summer           Intensive, The International Ballet School, Exit Space and Seattle International Dance Festival’s – The Threshold                              Institute. Committed to arts outreach, she is currently a teaching artist for Seattle Theater Group and the Museum of                       Pop Culture. Maya is a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts. 

                               mayasotodance.com

  'Sometimes,' said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. 'When you are Real you don't mind being hurt.' 

Maya Soto

'Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,' he asked, 'or bit by bit?' 

entertainment. She has created and produced 7 evening-length shows over the last 13 years. Her choreography has been featured in every major dance festival in the Northwest including OTB/Northwest New Works Festival (SEA), BOOST Dance Festival (SEA), Pacific Dance Makers (PDX), Seattle International Dance Festival (SEA) and Conduit's Dance+ Festival (PDX). Truly a Pacific Northwest artist, Maya is originally from the Portland area and has

'Does it hurt?' asked the Rabbit. 


― Margery Williams, 

The Velveteen Rabbit

'It doesn't happen all at once,' said the Skin Horse. 'You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or  who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand.' "

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