Masha Dashkina Maddux (Founder and Director of the Wake Forest Dance Festival) is a concert dance performer and a dance educator. A native of Kiev, Ukraine she was first introduced to dance through the classical Vaganova ballet technique. After moving to United States she studied under the direction of Ruth Weisen at the Thomas Armour Youth Ballet of Miami, FL and ultimately graduated summa cum laude with her BFA from New World School of the Arts under the directorship of Daniel Lewis. Ms. Dashkina Maddux joined the Martha Graham Dance Company in 2007 and rose to the rank of principal dancer. She was featured in Dance Magazine's "Dancer's Choice", and also appeared in a feature film Fall to Rise, and in Martha Graham technique instructional video. Ms. Dashkina Maddux has collaborated with photographers to capture the art of dance. Her images have appeared in published books Desert Flower by Guillermo Licurgo and When They Dance by Paula Lobo. Most recently, her image was selected for the cover of the book The Art of Movement, created by Ken Browar and Deborah Ory.

Ms. Dashkina Maddux finds great inspiration in being a dance educator. Places where she has taught include Martha Graham School of Dance, New World School of the Arts of Miami, FL, Thomas Armour Youth Ballet of Miami, FL, University of North Carolina Greensboro, NC, among many others. Currently, she is working with the Town of Wake Forest, NC and Wake Forest Arts to create second season of the free and open to the public Wake Forest Dance Festival.

Ms. Dashkina Maddux is an ambassador for the Dancing Angels Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides scholarships, and other assistance to help passionate and committed young dancers fulfill their dreams.