Maria Shurkhal
She was born and raised in Kyiv. There she started her journey into the world of dance, which led her to the Ukrainian Serge Lifar Dance Academy. In 2013, Maria entered the Contemporary Stage Dance/Performance/Pedagogy Department of one of the leading Austrian private institutes, the Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz, to obtain Bachelor's degree. Now Maria continues her education, studying for her Master's, and works as a freelance dancer, choreographer and teacher.
In her professional career, Maria has worked with such choreographers as Rose Breuss, Jarek Cemerek, Regina van Berkel, Eldad Ben Sasson and performed at the scenes of the Brucknerhaus, Festspielhaus St. Pölten, WERK X, Ursulinen Hof and others. Maria is in constant search for new knowledge and attends workshops in Spain, Italy, England and Germany. In addition, she is developing her own dance project, So S!Ckle, and has launched an international educational project called UP dance, which provides opportunities for children from Poland and Ukraine to learn contemporary dance.

Today, Maria trains the Austrian National Rhythmic Gymnastics Team, is involved in the artistic and organizational development of the PUC project, which she co-founded in 2017 with Anna Possarnig, and dances in the Cie Off. Verticality, produces Bauhaus Tanzt and Bauhaus Tanzt 2 projects, and develops new works.
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