Maria Ross Campsey, owner of Athletic Arts Center in Jasper, has over 25 years of experience in the dance and gymnastics industry. Maria earned her Master's Degree in Dance Education from the University of Northern Colorado and a B.A. in dance from the University of Alabama. She performed and choreographed for three seasons with Alabama Repertory Dance Theater and Dance Alabama! She has received special recognition for her choreography, most recently at Panoply Arts Festival in Huntsville. She had the privilege of serving as Artistic Director and Choreographer for the 2011 production of Annie; 2012 production of The Music Man; 2013 production of High School Musical Jr; 2014 production of High School Musical 2 Jr; and 2016 production of Disney’s Cinderella Kid. This is Maria’s eighth season to direct The Nutcracker. As the former Director of Children’s Phys. Ed. & Gymnastics at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, Maria developed and managed programs for over 800 students. She trained both competitive and recreational dancers and gymnasts in Alabama and New York. She worked in the education and training department of the American Ballet Theater in New York. Maria holds a yoga teaching certification from New York Yoga. She is a USA Gymnastics safety certified judge and is certified in Movement Education and Lesson Plan Development and Kinder Accreditation for Teachers. Maria also serves on the advisory board of the Walker County Arts Alliance.