Tip Top Dance School is an independent dance school based at the Venture Community Association (103a Wornington Road W10 5YB).
The school is founded by an international dancer Maria Cassar who has extensive experience within the dance industry, with years of dancing, teaching and performing behind her.
We are offer classes in Ballet, Contemporary, Creative Movement, Jazz and Street Dance.
Tip Top Dance School Founder / Teacher
Maria graduated from Trinity Laban with a Ba (Hons) Dance Theatre in 2009. She has also completed M level Safe and Effective Dance Practice at Teeside University.
She has worked with choreographers, Tom Dale, Susan Sentler, Kerry Nicholls, Theo Clinkard, Kristina Sommerlade, Mavin Khoo and James Wilton. Whilst employed with Tees Valley Dance, she performed, toured, lead workshops to a range of people from SEN, OAP's, primary / secondary schools, including Newcastle College and Teeside University.
Upon graduating in 2009 Maria co-founded RedTape Dance Company and since then they have produced multiple stage and site specific pieces. They have performed at Resolutions! Blue Print Festival, London Live Art, Notte Bianca, Malta Arts Festival, and Ziguzajg International Children and Youth Festival. They have also been the recipients of the Malta Arts Fund.
Maria’s choreographic work has also been shown at the Bonnie Bird Theatre, Stratford Circus, Crystal Palace Arts Festival, Sydenham Arts Festival, Sadlers Wells, The Albany Theatre, Her Majesty's Theatre and the London Palladium.
Maria also teaches in several schools around London working within secondary mainstream and SEN school settings teaching contemporary and creative movement classes. She has also been leading some of the Royal Academy's Step into Dance teaching training / mentoring sessions.
Street Dance and Breakdance Teacher
Mario Nadal aka Bboy Shortcut has been involved in the London hiphop breakdance / streetdance scene since the late 90s and has danced and trained among some of UK’s best, and old-school pioneers. As a personality and representative of the Urban Culture and club scene he then went on to become a competitor and take part in local, national and international competitions, and has won and made finalist in various solo and crew events.
Over the years he has taken part in community and humanitarian related projects and has worked as an entertainer for corporate and private functions. Occasionally he also works with other artists, and athletes promoting fitness and health in movement and physical activity.
Currently he is a full time coach in Breakdance and the Martial arts and carries a unique
teaching method and philosophy to his approach. He believes in team effort as well as individual exploration and creativity and expects the best out of all his students.