Maria Gomez Tierney has been teaching, choreographing and dancing in Minneapolis, St. Paul since 1986. She received her B.A from the University of Minnesota and her M.F.A. from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In 2010, Tierney completed the Holistic Health Studies Graduate Certificate from St. Catherine’s University. Tierney created and has directed Gomez Dance Group since 1998. She began working with youth in 1988, and since then has worked with Classical Ballet Minnesota, Stepping Stone Theatre, Ballet Arts Minnesota, and Gap Schools and more recently with Young Dance. In 2008-09, Tierney assisted adults living with disabilities in Mathew Sanford’s Courage Center yoga classes in Golden Valley, MN. Since the summer of 2010, she has been teaching and assisting classes for youth living with disabilities for Young Dance All Abilities Dancing. Maria teaches All Abilities Dance on Wednesdays for Young Dance.