IN STUDIO ~ Dancehall (Open)

Maya Sheridan

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Dancehall music is a type of Jamaican reggae, which developed around 1979. The style characterized by a DJ singing and rapping over raw and danceable reggae It became very popular among the youths of Jamaica and then eventually made its way into the world’s music scene. The popularity of dancehall music has inspired its own dance moves and style that help to make parties and stage performances more energetic. Many dance moves seen in hip-hop videos are actually variations of dancehall dances. Dancehall moves are very energetic and consist of a lot of isolations, movement of the hips and total body movement.

In this class you will learn dancehall moves all done to the amazing rhythms out of Jamaica, very energetic and athletic but also low and grounded at the same time.

Our workshop provides students with new and exciting way to dance , move and shake the body that all ages can enjoy.

We encourage all levels and ages of dancers to attend :) get your friends together and be prepared to have lots of fun !

Maya Sheridan is a driving force behind the Dancehall scene in Sydney. One of the earliest champions of the dance style, Maya has helped to foster the growth and popularity of Dancehall dance and movement in Sydney and Australia since the mid 1990’s. Maya toured with Dance Master Kofi Walker from Jamaica to feature as principal dancer of his company "The Afro Caribbean Dance Theatre", touring Australia performing and holding Master Classes in Dance Schools and Universities. Maya went on to study under and work with other well known influences of global and black dance throughout her career such as Paul Saliba, Shirley Sweeney, Naisda, QLD Folkloric Dance Association and Bangarra Dance Theatre. 

She has pushed the boundaries of the genre in the city by forming one of the most sought after Dancehall dance squads in the city, the 101 Doll Squadron, and inviting Internationally acclaimed dancehall movement specialists from Paris, Camron One Shot and Jamaica, Latonya Styles to Sydney to build on the skills of the cities dancehall practitioners. In her capacity as a Dancer and Choreographer Maya is formally trained in Contemporary, Ballet, Tap and Jazz and specializes in Dancehall and Afro-derived dance styles. In 2015 she hosted the "NSW Dancehall Queen & King Competition" and 2017 founded the "Oceanic Kingz & Queenz Top Ranking Crown" Competition. In her continuous role of choreographer and creative producer for dancers for Reggae Carnival, she has been instrumental in the creation of work for dancers as a part of successful parties such as Dutty Dancing and featured artists for Heaps Gay, Redbull Weekender & One Day Sundays.

She has performed in and choreographed TV commercials, a feature film, and provided choreography for entertainment events such as International the FIFA World Cup Congress, Mercedes Benz, Apple, Gucci, Hugo Boss and her work has appeared as Support Acts and featured in the shows of International touring Dancehall Reggae Artists such as: Yo Mafia (AUS), Gappy Ranks (UK), Macka B (UK), FIJI (US), J Boog (US), Johnny Osbourne The Godfather of Dancehall (JA), Beenie Man (JA), Sister Nancy (JA) & Konshens (JA). 

Disclaimer : There will also be people attending this class via Zoom

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What you will learn
  • Whine
  • Dancehall Riddims
  • Dancehall Choreography
What you will get
  • Good Vibes
  • A great workout
  • How to isolate different parts of the body

What to bring
  • Attitude
  • Booty Shorts
  • Smile :)
  • Friends
What to wear

Wear clothes that you can move easily in, comfy footwear, booty shorts :)

Appropriate for

Everyone welcome

Refund Policy

Dance Central Sydney requires 48 hours notice via email prior to the start of a class or event for a full refund or transfer.  Refunds and transfers will not be processed if cancellation occurs within 48 hours of the event commencing. We do not offer refunds for missed classes. There are no fees for refunds or transfers. For cancellations prior to the 48 hour cut off, email Dance Central Sydney to organise a refund or transfer

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Anyone partaking in any classes or coming to any events at Dance Central Sydney or organised by Dance Central Sydney must agree to these terms and conditions.


There is a risk of personal injury associated with dance and exercise. 

Dance Central accepts no responsibility for injury caused during online classes or workshops.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit for any Dance Central Online class or workshops.

You are responsible for ensuring that you have a suitable, non-slip floor space. 

Please make sure any potential obstructions in the vicinity are removed before you start your lesson so you have a nice clear space to dance.

I agree to take on full responsibility for any damages, injuries and for physical and/or personal property, which I might incur whilst participating in classes and/or events organised by Dance Central Sydney.


I agree to give Dance Central Sydney unrestricted publishing rights for any photographs or videos taken at Dance Central Sydney classes and events or on Dance Central Sydney's premises. (For use of Dance Central Sydney marketing materials).


Dance Central Sydney requires 48 hours notice in writing prior to the class for a full refund or transfer. 


In the event that a class is cancelled, students will be notified via text message or email and entitled to a full refund or credit.

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21 January 2021 • IN STUDIO ~ Dancehall (Open)

Such an amazing liberating class! Maya is forever a vibe and an inspiration. Can’t wait to go back and learn some new moves


19 January 2021 • IN STUDIO ~ Dancehall (Open)

Maya has such an engaging and approachable personality that flows through to her teaching. She always makes the classes fun and easy to follow. My confidence has really grown from taking this class - I love it!


11 December 2020 • IN STUDIO ~ Dancehall (Open)


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