Wednesday, 21 November 2012

About us


...Centre of development of expression in an environment that is homely, comfortable & friendly! 
Maryland Studioz is a fresh, dynamic studio space which offers you classes and workshops 
led by some of the top, up & coming professionals of the industry. So if you want to join a regular class, try something new, or hire space, come and join us at Maryland Studioz.

Maryland Studioz comprises of three studios, with sound equipment, in the heart of Stratford. 
Easy to travel with great transport links from Stratford, Walthamstow, Hackney, Ilford and 
Central London.

The Studio is close to local amentites and only a 10 minute walk from the Stratford Town 
Centre, Stratford City Westfield and the Olympic Stadium.

We offer a professional space to rehearse and enjoy dance, fitness, holistic and general
classes, so feel free to be part of the experience.

CEO of Maryland Studioz Nadia Gardner

Studio Hire


                                                                  3x Studios                   
                                                                   2x toilets                  
                                                                 Lounge area


To hire the space contact us via telephone: 0208 522 4848

Discounts available for large block bookings- please contact us to discuss.

CITY STUDIO                                    

Semi sprung floor

Alto professional truesonic speakers/ipod aux

50sqm, 25ftx25ft (9ft high)



Full length mirrors

Semi sprung floor

Alto professional truesonic speakers/ipod aux 

55sqm, 30ftx15ft (9ft high)   



                 BRICKLANE STUDIO

 Full length mirrors

                    Semi sprung floor

              Alto professional truesonic                 speakers/ipod aux 

Windows/natural light

            50sqm, 42ftx13ft (9ft high)

Lounge area

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Dance videos..well worth a watch

At your East London dance studio we have some amazing creative things happening.  This blog gives you a small insight into are a few dance videos filmed here at Maryland Studioz...

Myself Dance UK 
Myself UK not only rehearse here at Maryland Studioz, choreographer Kloe Dean holds a class every Monday 6.30-10pm

Another Dance video/promo is from Boy Blue Entertainment, look what happens when night falls and the shadows come out to play...

Last but not least, we have Maryland Studioz own promotional video.  Our teachers and choreographers pulled together to show you what they do and give you a guided tour of these East London studios with a difference... check it out

Tuesday, 6 November 2012


You may not know it but Maryland Studioz, Stratford (London) has played host to many parties since we have been open.

We have played host to, Birthdays, Mehndi party's, wedding receptions, baby showers... all sorts of events.

Our space has a lounge area, perfect for a seated area, using the dance studio as your dance floor.

If you haven't visited us before, take a look at our promo video, where you can have a more interesting guided tour of the space....

If you have been put in charge of the Christmas party at work this year, or have an event coming up and are looking for a venue get in touch! 
Tel:0208 522 4848
Twitter: @MarylandStudioz

Where are we situated...London, East London, Stratford, E15, Maryland, Newham....
Address:86-90 Leytonstone Rd,
            E15 1TQ

Tuesday, 30 October 2012


We have had children running around the studios all morning.  The Get Dan 'n' Dance kids have taken over Maryland Studioz for a photography shoot.

Get Dan 'n' Dance are a dance school teaching a range of ages street dance and ballet.  Check out their facebook page here

With a new website coming some flashy pictures need to be taken to match, so Get Dan 'n' Dance have arrived in East London, Maryland Studioz to get the job done!

Here is a few sneak peak shots of them in one of our studios taking some pictures.

Beautiful ballet shots

Lights all set up to enhance the natural light

Maryland Studioz, has three different with lots of natural light.  Email or give us a call to book: 0208 522 4848

Follow us @MarylandStudioz

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

2012 Highlights at Maryland Studioz

It is fair to say we have had a great year in East London with the 2012 Olympics.  But so much more has been going on in your East London dance this blog is a little flash back to look over some of Maryland Studioz highlights.

At the start of the year, we had an incredible master class with Suga Pop, member of the Electric Boogaloos. He taught popping and locking.  Big thanks to Fred the Realness for bringing that to Maryland Studioz.    

New Movementz: Under 18s battles WENT OFF! Showing how much talent there is coming up. #SupportTheMovement 

In celebrating the Olympics we put on a Danceathon ...could you last the entire day of classes..most did :D
<They came down from Wolverhampton!
<Enjoying Skytilz Popping class

We had the co creator of Krump Big Mijo come to London, and did his workshops with us! Vibes in the room where amazing, massive thanks to Duwane Taylor for organising. 
 Here is link to some footage of the session after the advanced group.
But here is some 'alternate' footage from the day...George teaching Big Mijo Azonto
We have had a new resident Theo 'Godson' Oloyade, who has been bringing you some fantastic dance events #LDNMadness in all sorts of styles from Azonto Battles .... to popping battles and so much more...keep an eye out for more #LDNMADESS events. 

Scanner's Inc Productions payed us a vist and put on 'Get Down', Breaking and social dance with Pervez and DJ Biznizz....excellent FREE event..need more like this! 


Serial Stepperz came over from France and did a full day of amazing House workshops. Shout out to Niamh for bringing them :) 

Shout out to all the groups that rehearse here: Myself, Project G, Chromatic, New Movementz and Boy Blue Ent. 

Unfortunately we couldn't put every event in that has happened at our London Studio but these are a few, we can also not forget all the fantastic dance, fitness and martial arts classes that have been happening every week. Birthdays, mehndi party's, baby showers and all sorts of happy times that have happened under our roof this year and look forward to even more. 

We are thankful to everyone that has been supporting us by booking space, spreading word of our events or even giving us a retweet :) ...follow us @MarylandStudioz 

If you wish to book space for an rehearsal, party, class or anything else give us a call 0208 522 4848 or drop us an email:

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Cindy Claes Dancehall discovery in Jamaica

August, 2011...
I can see Killa Bean waving in the distance.  He is running towards me with a huge smile!  He is so proud not to be late today.  He is actually one hour early!  We eat some rice and peas and jerk chicken and wait for the others to arrive.  There they are: Fabian, Norris, Bradley and Karl.  Some of them walked for an hour and half to get here, and will do so again to go back home.  Under the heat and the burning sun, with no money in their pockets to pay for the bus fare, they were determined to come to the “Dancehall Theatre” class.

(I am passionate about Hip-Hop Theatre and believe this art form has a huge power to transform the world we live in.  As a “street dancer” we are often told the only way to make a living from our art is to work for the commercial sector.  I do not have any academic training in dance, I actually have an MA in sociology and anthropology.  But somehow, along the way, I was blessed to discover the theatre world.  When I discovered I could tell stories through dance, make political statements with Hip-Hop, make people laugh with Krump, initiate debates using Dancehall moves, I tapped into something that truly made me fly!  I felt I was an “artist” who had things to say.  I had creativity bubbling inside me and it needed to be expressed in a theatrical and intellectual way.  After many years, became a dance theatre maker myself.  So, I wanted to give other dancers, who do not attend academic training in dance, the opportunity to develop their artistry.  This is how I started the Dancehall Theatre project in Jamaica.)

Edna Manley College in Kingston offered me free rehearsal space and here we were: Supreme Blazers crew and me, exploring concepts and narratives to be told through Dancehall.  They were initiated to new ways of thinking while I perfected my dancehall skills.  M.O.B, Supreme Blazers, Chelcia and her lil homies from Portmore, gave me so much knowledge and shared it with a huge amount of passion.

That’s what “dancehall” is about. Teaching each other the latest moves and sharing the love for the dancehall.  Jamaican dancers are extremely welcoming.  They love sharing their culture with those who appreciate it.

Dancehall is a daily celebration of creativity.  New moves are being created as we speak.  The movement vocabulary is very very very rich!

Today, I miss Jamaica.  I miss Kingston.  I miss the parties, the friends I made, the accent, the patois I do not understand and the ackee and salt fish they only serve early in the morning.  I remember walking up and down the streets frenetically trying to find my favorite meal... but as I rarely woke up before 8am, my only choice was to try again the next day.

I watch all videos people post and try to keep up with the richness of the Dancehall movement.  So many steps have been added to this huge encyclopedia of dance, and its only been 8 months since I last went.  It makes me smile.  This culture is so dynamic and ever-changing.  Dancehall has its own history, but at the same time, we are creating the history of Dancehall now.  I wonder which steps will survive over the years, and I wish humanity could remember them all, as each move is a legacy to the dancers never-ending bubbling creative minds.

I am very excited to start teaching Dancehall on a weekly basis in London!!  I hope to eradicate stereotypes many have about Dancehall.  Whereas booty shaking and dancehall queen competitions are certainly part of the culture, there is so much more to discover.  I hope to bring a new understanding of the art form, share its technique, and spread the love for a dance which is SO RICH in history and movement quality.

Classes held at Maryland Studioz Tuesday 8.30-10pm. 
84-86 Leytonstone Road,
E15 1TQ

VIDEO - The Dancehall Theatre Project in Kingston/Jamaica:
VIDEO: dancehall workshops with Cindy:


Tuesday, 15 May 2012

New Dancehall teacher Cindy Claes: Backpacking in Jamaica

New Dancehall teacher Cindy Claes: Backpacking in Jamaica

I always dreamed of going to Jamaica and experience the “real thing”. I am a caucasian
white female dancer and a lonely traveller. I am a grown up woman but I still look like
an innocent teenager with dimples. With all the horror stories about gun men luring in
Kingston, no need to say nobody ever encouraged me to go for my dreams!

Let me resume my journey as follows: At first, I was perceived as a cute dreamer longing
to visit Kingston. When I got all funds sorted and booked my flight, people stopped in
shock and thought I was an irresponsible nutter risking her life in the “hoods”. Finally,
when I came back from Jamaica alive, full of anecdotes of my performances and about
the friends I made, I was a true inspiration for some, and I guess a miraculous survivor for

In 2010, I received a small grant from ADAD. And so... I went for the first time! My
purpose was calling me...

June, 2010...
It’s still hot because the sun has been shining all day. Mosquitoes tattooed every bit of
bare skin they found on me with some big red dots. No choice but to hide the disaster.
I’m wearing some leggings which kinda ruins the sexiness of my batty riders, but so it is. I
run downstairs while putting on some lipstick and jump in the car. The dance crew picks
me up and we drive off to “the dancehall session”... well... the first one of a long series! It’s
1am and the night only started. The first club is in the open air. You feel the heat and the
wind only breezes when it wants to. A big tree stands on the right of the dance floor. We
jam on some reggae tunes and all the girls whine slowly on the mellow-mellow dancehall
tracks. People calmly sip on their beers.
Suddenly, the whole crowd leaves and decides it’s over. It’s 2am. Time to go to the
next party! Taxis and cars head towards the same direction. We arrive, park quickly
and walk in with elegance and assurance. The dancehall session is outdoors again.
It’s happening in some sort of parking lot. Every dance crew takes their stance around
the empty dancefloor. It’s dark. Only the blinding spotlight of the camera creates some
shadows in the now over-crowded place. The men have their sunglasses on, wearing
yellow skinny jean, green T-shirt and golden chains. The DJ is the master of ceremony.
He knows exactly in which order to play the riddims to get the crowd moving, whining,
going crazy or calming down. To express their excitement, people loudly hit and shake
the closed gates of surrounding shop windows. Without warning, every crew start fighting
for the spotlight, doing their latest dance moves in unison, trying to attract the attention of
the lens and pushing their way through to be caught on tape. The excitement gets me! I
jump in on every routine I know. I watch the dancers and realize they truly celebrate their
creativity, sharing with the world the steps they are the proud inventors of. The crowd
joins in the act of worshipping “dance”. Things calm down again and female bom cheeks
whine slowly on the side. Again, this only lasts a few minutes as immediately afterwards
the DJ screams on the mic, tells the ladies to bent over, and here we go... All the girls fall
into splits, they “bruk out” and take over the dance floor! Batty riders of all shapes and
colors are bouncing up and down! No man would dare intervening on the scene, they just
stand on the side holding their beer. The girls are proudly demonstrating their skills while

the camera man plays it naughty and zooms in. Things calm down, for a moment...
All of a sudden, the crowd leaves the place, again! Everyone rushes out. It’s over. It’s
4.30am, time for the next party! We drive over and all the cars seem to reach at the
exact same time. We enter a club. The police might come and shut down the place, or
we might party until the sun comes up, who knows... The dancers are on fire! Dance
moves, choreography, madness, humor and sweat invade the dancefloor. Beer is spilled
all over the place, buckets full of ice (to keep the drinks cold) are falling over. The floor is
a mess, but all of this does not matter, it’s daggering time! Men and women partner up,
girls bend over, men execute stunts, some people hang off the speakers, the DJ keeps
screaming, three woman go into headtops and whine. Choreography takes place again,
and everyone joins in. You got to know the moves, you want to know the moves! My
body is in trance, its madness everywhere, the riddims drive me crazy, the beat pours in
happiness in my soul... and in no time... it’s 7am... I think... clear daylight. Everyone head
towards the parking and we leave as if nothing ever happened.

That’s how I spent most of my nights in Jamaica. Not easy to keep up, I swear! All naps
were welcome and whenever I could, I closed my eyes for a few minutes and snored!
During the day I was dancing and training hard too. I studied the traditional dance forms
of Jamaica at Edna Manley College. I learned about the history of slavery, and the impact
it had on the arts. Also, Orville Hall, one of the most respected dancehall choreographers,
took me under his wing. I performed with Dance Xpressionz.

To all the female travelers out there, I would like to encourage you to follow your heart!
Are we women vulnerable when traveling on our own? Perhaps. I admit I do have a
guardian angel looking after me. But so do you, if you believe so. I wish you many safe
and magical dance trips!

VIDEO: dance backpacking in Jamaica: Click here to watch video
VIDEO: dancehall workshops with Cindy:Click here to watch video


Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Proud London Studio

Here at Maryland Studioz we are proud to be situated in London. Most exiting of all on the doorstep on the London 2012 Olympics! Maryland Studioz in collaboration with Project G (Twitter: @ProjectGdance) and Myself (Twitter: @MyselfDance) will be taking part in the celebrations when the Olympic Torch comes to Newham on July 21st. So make sure your there to join the celebrations!

Here at Maryland Studioz we have three studio spaces, named after places in London...take a peek!

We have Brick Lane Studio:
Art by: Bakari @Ninjastah

We have City Studio:
Art by: Kenrick Sandy @KenrickH2o

We have Soho Studio:
Art by: Kenrick Sandy @KenrickH2o

We have various dance and fitness classes going on here, so check us out on Facebook Maryland Studioz Facebook and twitter @MarylandStudioz for updates!

Wednesday, 2 May 2012


Maryland Studioz held there very own Danceathon to mark the countdown to the opening of the 2012 Olympic games.  Being based just around the corner from the Olympic sight in Stratford, East London it seemed the perfect reason to have a day of dance for the community.  It was a fun filled day with a "positive and friendly atmosphere" with back to back dance workshops.  A participants response when asked what did you like the last and why? was "I loved all of them".

Here is a snap shot of Skytilz
teaching Popping:

Teachers on the day included: Kenrick Sandy (Boy Blue Ent)
                                              Botis Seva (Far from the Norm)
                                              Bradley Charles (Streetdance 3D and Boy Blue Ent)
                                              Zumba (Petra)
                                              Nathaniel (Boy Blue Ent)
                                              Theo 'Godson' Oloyade (MrGodson)
                                              Skytilz (Boy Blue Ent)
                                              Chris Reyes (AliasLDN)
                                              Josh Franklin (New Movementz)
                                              Aleta (Myself)
                                              Kash Powell

It even made it into the Newham Recorder:

We were joined on the day by the brilliant charity Danceaid, that harnesses the energy of dance to transform the lives of vulnerable children. Take the time out to have a look at their website and see how you can support them:

After the day being so successful, and with many requests for another one, the Danceathon 2 is in the pipe line so keep an eye out!
To see what classes are being held at Maryland Studioz and for more events like this one 'Like' our Facebook Page: Maryland Studioz Facebook Page and Follow us on Twitter: @MarylandStudioz.
Our very first blog! How exiting.  The purpose for this blog is so that you can read reviews from people who may have hired Maryland Studioz.  Or even catch up about what has been going on here, so you don't miss out again! You get all the inside info on what goes down in the East London based studio. 

For those that haven't visited us before, here is a sneak peak tour of the studio. Click for your inside view of Maryland Studioz London 

Keep your eyes pealed for plenty more blogs and insights into your East London studio.