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Workshops & Courses


Maria's movement workshops draw on Laban, Choreology and Somatic practice  to enable understanding of space, rhythm and effort.  

Movement improvisation is central to her practice; this opens up a world of experimentation and creative risk taking, and a way into  discovering new movement possibilities,  clarity and genuine expression.

Maria has led workshops and classes both regularly and as guest artist for actors, singers, dancers and musicians at various institutions and companies including 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, National Youth Theatre
 of Great Britain, Future Talent, Chickenshed Theatre Company, TUZ Repertoiry Company in Perm and foAl Jazeera Productions in Qatar.

Maria is the founder and former director of Dance at Birkbeck, University of London, where she developed with her team of international artist tutors the Higher Education Certificate,  Diploma, Foundation Degree and BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance as Creative Practice; running  these pioneering part-time adult courses over many years and in enduring partnerships with Sadler's Wells, The Place and Matthew Bourne's Re:Bourne education programme


Black & White by Kat Mahale
Colour by Nikian Aghababaie



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.

Birkbeck, FD Degree in Contemporary Dance 


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!




Birkbeck, FD Degree in Contemporary Dance 


I constantly use the skills that I have learnt thanks to you. 

Birkbeck, BA Hons, Contemporary Dance as Creative Practice 


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.

Creative Photographer  

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