Maya Hawkins began dancing at the age of three at Ballet Memphis Ballet School. While attending high school, she joined the Collage Dance Corps under the direction of Kevin Thomas, where she performed contemporary pieces by a variety of choreographers including Kevin Iega Jeff and Sidra Bell. After graduating, she studied at The School of Pennsylvania Ballet under the direction of Arantxa Ochoa to prepare for a career in classical ballet. Hawkins has attended summer intensives on scholarship at the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Orlando Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Alvin Ailey and Carolina Ballet. She joined The Washington Ballet for the 2015-2016 season as a trainee where she danced roles in Septime Webre’s Nutcracker, Carmen, Coppélia and Balanchine’s Serenade before joining Cincinnati Ballet for the 2016-2017 Season.