Growing up in the Philippians and a Jazz dancer herself in high school, Maria enrolled her daughter Lexine, 11, in dance class because she saw her passion for the art. Her family watches Lexine compete in National Competitions and Maria’s aspirations for her daughter are that she becomes the best dancer she can be. As her daughter’s career grows, she wants her to be sought after by professionals in the industry and eventually becoming a well-paid dance performer. Her advice for Lexine in "Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition" is that she stays prepared and focused. Maria says that if they win the $100,000 prize they will save for Lexine’s college fund and for her future dance training. Lexine and Maria currently live in Norco, California.

About Maria

What's your favorite style of dance to watch?
Lyrical is my favorite style to watch because I love soft and flowing movements where stories can be told.

What's your occupation?
I am an Administrator for elderly homes and the developmentally disabled.

What are your hobbies and interests besides dance?
My hobbies and interests besides watching my daughter dance are reading, swimming and watching my recorded shows.

Would you call yourself a "Dance Mom," "stage mom" or "mom-manager"?
I am more of my girls’ manager.

About Madison

What's your favorite style of dance to perform?
Contemporary because it is very comforting to me.

What's your favorite style of dance to watch?
Hot Jazz because I think it’s nice to see other people being sassy.

Do you hope to be a professional dancer one day?
Yes, I would love to be a professional dancer and explore new things.

If you don’t end up being a professional dancer, what other job would you like to have?
I would love to be a doctor for dancers.

What's your favorite subject in school?

What's your favorite color?
My favorite color is pink.

What do you think you are learning about the most from this experience?
The importance of being yourself.

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