Mayra Smalley from "Dance Moms: Miami" stars in the Lifetime reality docu-series.

In 2007, Victor Smalley and Angel DeArmas Salabert opened Stars Dance Studio in Miami. Victor's mother Mayra was also there from the very beginning serving as the studio's director and makeup artist to the dancers.

Born in Aruba and raised in Venezuela, Mayra Smalley has lived in Miami for 33 years. She started dancing at the age of 2½ and continued until she was 29 years old. Mayra performed Classical Ballet, Jazz and Folklore. Originally, she studied dance in Venezuela at the Nina Novak Ballet academy with Maestro Vicente Abad and at the Tempo dance studio. In Miami, Mayra took classes at Joe Michaels and Ballet Concerto.

Although she has taught hundreds of students over the years, at Stars Dance Studio she no longer teaches, but holds the official titles of Studio Director, Office Manager and Makeup Artist for the dancers.

Mayra's favorite things about living in Miami are the beaches, the people and the variety of cultures. She believes the Miami dance culture is heavily influenced by salsa as well as the style and diversity of the area and its different cultures.


Where does she live? Find out here.

Current Residence: Miami, FL

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