Meet Maria Ellis Nave, Owner, Dance Arts by Maria, Inc. - The Naples Moms


Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in the area?
Originally from upstate New York and I’ve lived in Naples since 2002 so 21 years!

Child(ren) and Age(s)?
Ariana (11) and Jaxson (8)

Are you involved in a business venture or corporate world? Please Share!
Yes! I am the Owner of Dance Arts by Maria. We offer classes in various styles for ages 18months through 18 years. Our passion is instilling a love of dance to all children, and our goal is to do so while supporting our community and families.

When did you decide you wanted to open your own dance studio?
Once realizing that Naples was going to be my forever home.

Has dance always been a part of your life?
Yes, I fell in love with the art form as a young child

What do you recommend for parents looking to get their child started with dance?
Find a studio where you and your child are comfortable. Look at the older dancers – are they excited to be dancing? Is it a place your child can grow? And most importantly don’t push them, if they’re not ready it’s okay to step back and try again at a later date. If they enjoy it they will want to continue.

If you could give one tip to fellow Mom Entrepreneurs what would it be?
Business ownership is amazingly fulfilling but extremely difficult. Give it your all!!

Ok 10 Fun LOCAL favorites – ready, go!
1 – Favorite thing to do with your kids? Boating, going out to dinner, playing card games
2 – Favorite coffee spot? I have a love affair with coffee I love them all
3 – Favorite lunch place? Survey Café in downtown Bonita Springs, an adorable local gem!
4 – Favorite beach spot? Vandy
5 – Favorite date night restaurant? Angelinas
6 – Favorite boutique? Anyone that knows me knows I live in leggings and tanks, does Amazon count?
7 – Favorite spot to grab a drink? Mercato
8 – Who has the best bagels in town? Hole in One on US 41
9 – Best slice of pizza in town? My kids love BRK pizza I’ll eat any and all
10 – Favorite spot for ice cream? Royal Scoop on 951, one of our dance families owns it and several of our older dancers have worked there!

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