Maureen is a dance artist, researcher and Pilates instructor (The Pilates Studio, Hadley). Originally from Canada, she graduated from the Professional Performance program in Contemporary Dance in 2001 at The School of Dance (Ottawa) and danced for choreographers Sylvie Desrosiers, Yvonne Coutts and Marc Boivin. Maureen founded the Grasshoppa Dance Exchange in 2002 to create and perform dance works (“hops”) in public spaces for unsuspecting audiences. She presented this work at festivals in Bologna, Italy, and at the Canada Dance Festival in 2006. In 2007 she moved to Massachusetts and continued to develop her choreographer’s voice, primarily by teaching creative contemporary dance for children and by creating dozens of dances that were performed in local community settings. Maureen performed her solo work, Ship of Dreams, at the Island Fringe Festival (P.E.I.) and the Edmonton Fringe Festival in August 2016. In 2018, she began the Master of Arts program in the dance department at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM) where she is currently completing her thesis on the subject of Movement-observation analysis (MOA) as an observation tool for Pilates instructors.