Maria Yacoob is a London-based choreographer and dance teacher. On stage, she works in opera, musical theatre and cabaret with credits including the Royal Festival Hall, Opera Holland Park and Blackheath Halls. On screen her credits include BBC drama and Sky One. M Dance is Maria’s new contemporary dance company. Its diverse performers come from acting, dancing, gymnastic and circus backgrounds. Its aim is to create highly physical and passionate work with a strong narrative drive.
Ray was born and raised in the mountains of Colorado. Dancing from age three she was always performing in some sense. After training she took five months to travel around in Europe and Israel visiting different dance companies and exploring some new parts of the world. Ray relocated to London and started making her own work, inspired by the various performance styles that London sees. The dance based language which she uses is influenced by live art, theatre and music.
Petra was born and raised in Germany and started training at Tanzproject Munich before moving to London to pursue a career in dance. She made her professional debut as a featured dancer in “Louie Spence’s Showbusiness” for Sky1. Further credits include: The One Show, Madame Jojo’s, Gawz Dance Crew, Aida/ Ellen Kent Productions, Cirque du Soir, and many more. Petra is currently focusing on developing her own solo work.
Sheida Mas, a Spanish Choreographer, based in London since 2016, started as a Hip Hop dancer at the age of 16. Her curiosity for finding new movements and ways to communicate through them takes her to study contemporary, jazz, acting and even some ballet, and to finally get a degree in Choreography by the Alicia Alonso University Institute in Spain.
Piedad is a London based Contemporary Dance Artist, with her roots originating from Spain. She completed a degree in Law, while Professionally Training in Murcia. Since being based in London, Piedad has performed and collaborated internationally. As a Contemporary Dance Artist and through her many years of training and performance, she is now focusing on her own practice. Influenced by her time working with such artists as Jose Agudo, Estela Merlos and Saorin, Piedad has a articulate and highly energetic vocabulary. Her Spanish playful rhythms are entwined with grounded floor work. Piedad’s non-narrative stories, from the work of poet Mario Benedetti and Cristina Albarracin, shows an insight into human connections, with strong imagery colouring the process.
Yanaëlle Thiran is a London-based dance artist with a quiet strength and grounding. Born in Belgium, she trained at London Contemporary Dance School and Art Factory International (Bologna, Italy). A calm whirlwind, she loves to turn and explore spaces with her long arms always further reaching. Music often inspires her pieces of choreography, and she enjoys working in collaboration with other artists. She is also passionate about dance teaching.