Maria Shurkhal

Maria was born and raised in Kiev, Ukraine. There she made her first dance steps which lead her to a professional ballet education at Serge Lifar Kiev Municipal Ukrainian Academy of Dance. In 2013 Maria entered the Bachelor Program: Contemporary stage dance/ Performance/ Pedagogy at Anton Bruckner University, Linz. At the moment she continues her studies at Master Program in same specialization and works as a freelance dancer, choreographer and pedagogue.
Her current occupation includes coaching  the National Austrian team of Rhythmic Gymnastics, full contribution to PUC’s artistic and structural development and dancing for Cie Off. Verticality.
Over the time Maria has worked with such choreographers as Rose Breuss, Jarek Cemerek, Regina van Berkel, Eldad Ben Sasson, and performed in such venues as Brucknerhaus, Festspielhaus St. Pölten, WERK X, Ursulinen Hof, and others. Next to that she is always on a search for new knowledge and had attended various workshops in Spain, Italy, London and Germany. Besides that she had developed an own dance project So S!ckle in cooperation with culture club Artifex, and founded an international educational project UP dance that provides opportunities for learning Contemporary Dance for children from Poland and Ukraine.

At the moment Maria is occupied with development of the PUC, bringing the productions Bauhaus Tanzt and Bauhaus Tanzt 2 around the world and developing new pieces.