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Photos: Kathryn Chapman and Nikian Aghababaie


Maria's movement workshops draw on Laban, Choreology and Somatic practice  to illuminate how we understand space, rhythm and effort and with imagination bring clarity and genuine expression in  performance .

She has led workshops for actors, singers, dancers and musicians at 

The Royal Opera House,  English National Opera’s 'Live Wires' Programme, 

Morley Opera Programme,  Associated Studios - Opera Programme, Abbey Opera Training,

Birkbeck Opera and Concert Singing Programmes, British Youth Opera,

the National Opera Studio, Chickenshed Theatre Company, 

TUZ Repertory Company, Russia and Al Jazeera Network, Doha, Qatar.


Former founder and director of Dance at Birkbeck, University of London, 

Maria developed with her team of artist tutors the HE Certificates,

Foundation Degree and BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance as Creative Practice;

running  these pioneering part-time courses in partnership with Sadler's Wells,

The Place and Matthew Bourne's Re:Bourne education programme.



"I was in the right place at the right time to do the Birkbeck course. 

It was one of the best things I ever did! Loved every minute!" 

Stephanie Cohen  Birkbeck, FD Degree in Contemporary Dance 2010-13

"Thank you Maria.  You changed my life, outlook, perception,

appreciation of art and beauty and critical thinking skills for the better and for so many others too."

Lewis Wheeler  Birkbeck, FD Degree in Contemporary Dance 2013-14
"I constantly use the skills that I have learnt thanks to you."  
Adrian Del Aroyyo  Birkbeck, BA Hons, Contemporary Dance as Creative Practice 2013-15

"I had no previous movement teaching and Maria relayed very quickly and clearly what she wanted me to do, I was blown away with what we did."

Kathrine Chapman, Creative Photographer, Movement Coaching 2019 

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