Marina discovered her passion for dancing at a very young age. She was trained in the Portland metro area, but has also worked with great choreographers from Los Angeles, New York, and Seattle. Extensively trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, and Hip Hop, Marina competed in these styles for nine years before branching out to advance in Ballroom and Latin dancing. Along the way, she discovered a love of teaching and choreographing. Marina always strives to improve her dance knowledge and craftsmanship. One of the ways she does that is by exposing herself to new styles of movement and performance such as musical theatre, gymnastics, aerial acrobatics, and contortion. She’s been dancing with Shawn Gardner for three years now and has performed on multiple dance teams including the ladies latin team, which she now co-teaches with Shawn. Marina was excited to see her choreography on the Las Vegas Salsa and Bachata Congress stage, and is eager to pursue her teaching career with Shawn Gardner Dancing. Marina teaches Ballet, Jazz & Hip hop classes as well as coaches the Ladies Latin team. She also teaches Beginning Ballroom & Latin and is available for private lessons of all ages.