Originally from St. Louis, MO, Mariana Blessing embarked on her dance journey at Dayspring School of the Arts where she trained in Classical Ballet, Jazz, Modern, and Musical Theatre. She danced with student company Midwest Ballet Theatre under the direction of Donna Patzius-Hill where she performed as a soloist in such works as Il Distrato, Great Galloping Gottschalk, and Bach Moves. Mariana has attended such summer programs as American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Academy of Dance, Ballet West, IU Jacobs School of Music, and Nashville Ballet where she was offered a second company contract.
She is currently pursuing her BFA in classical dance at Texas Christian University and has been awarded the Dean’s Scholarship for her academic achievements, a partial dance scholarship, and the Professional Developments Grant for her work as a dance instructor at Cook Children’s Hospital. While pursuing her BFA, Mariana is additionally working towards her comprehensive Pilates Teaching Certificate, culminating in over 600 hours of practice.