Marija Beleut was born and raised in Winter Haven, Florida. She started off doing gymnastics which had led her to pursue dance. She began dancing when she was thirteen years old and competed in both gymnastics and dance for several years until her senior year of high school. Marija auditioned to attend the Joffrey Summer Intensive in New York and got accepted. She had competed in multiple competitions and had received many awards, placements, and scholarships. Marija's favorite styles of dance are contemporary and jazz. In her most recent competition, Shake the Ground Nationals, she had finished second overall in the pre-professional category. She is currently attending Polk Stage College on a full scholarship majoring in Business Management. Marija is excited to be here for her second season as apprentice with Florida Dance Theatre.