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Maria Yacoob

Maria is a highly-respected teacher and choreographer working on stage and screen. Her warm personality and inventive choreography inspire dancers from across the world.

Her choreography credits include BBC drama, Sky One’s ‘Got to Dance’, Opera Holland Park, Blackheath Halls and Co-Opera Co. She co-created the musical American Songbook Cinderella for the City of London festival, and has choreographed short films and music videos. She is the director of the Sixties Fosse-style dance troupe Catsuit-a-Go-Go.

In addition to her classes at Pineapple, Maria has taught for Sadler’s Wells, Cambridge University, numerous dance schools and in mainstream education. She also writes about dance for various magazine titles.

Maria teaches theatre jazz classes and lyrical contemporary dance at Pineapple.

Her theatre jazz classes focus on performing numbers from famous stage and screen musicals.

The choreography and atmosphere is fun, upbeat and perfect for actors, dancers, and anyone who loves musicals! Maria’s lyrical contemporary classes blend contemporary, lyrical and balletic dance in a uniquely fluid, beautiful and expressive way.


Click here to read Maria's essay 'A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO PINEAPPLE DANCE STUDIOS' - "Dance is a language learnt by your body, and repetition is the key to success."

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    • Jazz

      A dance style with African roots and technical movements which has evolved into today's popular jazz styles as seen in the theatre.

    • Theatre Jazz
    • Lyrical / Contemporary

      Lyrical contemporary dance blends the beautiful extended lines of ballet with the release and fluidity of contemporary dance to create expressive, emotional choreography.

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