Maria Focaraccio (1992) studied at the school of Balletto di Toscana, Firenze (IT). She deepened her training by taking part in 2010 in Agora Coaching Project, directed by Michele Merola and Enrico Morelli. From 2011 to 2015 she worked with the Imperfect Dancers Company, directed by Walter Matteini and Ina Broeckx. Since 2015 she has been living in Berlin, where she works as a freelance dancer and choreographer. In 2017 she has been selected for Smash #10, an intensive training in experimental performance, during which she has the opportunity to work with Alessio Castellacci, Maria F. Scaroni, Anna Novicka and Sonja Pregrad. In 2018 she danced for Hell Sweet Hell, choreographed by Emanuele Rosa and selected as a finalist for Premio Equilibrio.
Since 2018 she collaborates with the choreographer MariaGiulia Serantoni, performing in several of her productions including "Eutropia" (presented in 2019 in the frame of the MilanOltre festival and finalist of Premio Equilibrio 2018) and "Underground Memoirs" (presented in the frame of Romaeuropa Festival 2019). She also collaborates with MariaGiulia as a co-author: the performances "Short Stories - nothing too intimate" (selected at the Vetrina della Giovane Danza d’Autore 2019) and "Dia - Rhythmic fantasies" (presented in the frame of the festival La Democrazia del Corpo at Cango Cantieri Goldonetta) are the results of the four-handed work. In 2021 Maria worked with the choreographer Carlo Massari for the performance "Incipit". In Germany she takes part in various productions of Tanztheater Erfurt, directed by Ester Ambrosino, including: "The Fairy Queen" (2019), "Magnificat" (2022) and "Novecento - Die Legende vom Ozeanpianisten" (2022). From 2020, together with Emanuele Rosa, she creates "HOW TO _ just another Boléro" (2021), selected at the Vetrina della giovane danza d’autore eXtra 2021 and "all you need is", selected at Vetrina della giovane danza d’autore eXtra 2022.
After graduating in Philosophy at the University of Pisa, Maria is currently studying Tanzwissenschaft (Dance Sciences) at the Freie Universität in Berlin. During the Valeska Gert Guest Professorship organized by the Freie Universität, she had the opportunity to work with the Belgian choreographer Michael Laub and the Japanese director Toshiki Okada.