Maya Soto is truly a Pacific Northwest artist. She has been creating, performing and teaching dance in Seattle for over 10 years. She draws inspiration from integrating a wide variety of movement forms. Her choreography has been performed in venues including On the Boards, Velocity Dance Center, the Firehouse Performing Arts Center and Tacoma Museum of Glass. Festival commissions include: NWNW Festival, BOOST Dance Festival, SIDF, Conduit's Dance+ Festival, JFFA and the Arts in Nature Festival.
Her work focuses on finding common ground in dance, drawing on elements of rhythm and a variety of styles and cultural influences. Soto brings together classical dance training and a sense of play and entertainment. After premiering Collage Pink in 2011, she went on to create Gathering Bones, an evening length work exploring feminism through the mythology of powerful and wild women. Gathering Bones opened in Seattle to sold out houses and rave reviews and toured to Portland in June and July 2013.
From 2003-2012, Soto co-directed NorthWest Dance Syndrome (NWDS). Through her long standing collaboration with NWDS, she co-choreographed, produced and performed in 3 evening length works Americanism (2005), Red Tent (2006) and Junknation (2009) along with numerous shorter dances and dance films Nocturne (2007) and The Snapping Point: The Movie (2012). Her work with NWDS has received support from Allied Arts Foundation and Walrus Performance Productions. She has performed with LeGendre Performance Group, Big Red Dance Company, Amy O’Neal and Sandstrommovement.