About Dance Studio 101

Maya Sheridan - Martinez and Rosano

A Window Into 101

Dance Studio 101 is a boutique dance studio located in the heart of Surry Hills. Operated by Directors, Rosano Martinez and Maya Sheridan, it offers all styles of dance classes that cater for beginners through to professionals. This fabulous creative space began life as headquarters of fashion brand Je Roq Seven ( JR7 ) for designers, Rosano , Maya Sheridan and Luke Portman. Maya’s simultaneous career as a choreographer and dance teacher facilitated the studio's natural evolution into a bubbling creative hub of movement and music.

Maya comes from a background of dance, acting, fashion and styling. She is formally trained in Contemporary, Ballet, Tap and Jazz and specializes in Dancehall and afro-derived dance styles. She has performed in various commercials, a feature film, and provided choreography for entertainment events such as the Annual Chinese New Year Parade for The City Of Sydney Council and the International FIFA World Cup Congress. Maya is undoubtedly the most popular Dancehall instructor in Sydney, her classes attracting a fabulous mix of creatives as she hosts the hottest dancehall sessions this side of Jamaica ! In her role as Artistic Director she continues to push the boundaries in emerging styles and introducing avant-garde and unique forms of dance through the studio.

Rosano’s name is synonymous within the history of Australian Hip-Hop as an innovator and pioneer of modern urban culture. He is one of Sydney’s original graffiti artists (Future Art Beat 4), B-Boys, and first ever Hip Hop/Funk recording artist releasing music with Virgin, Sony, EMI and Warner. Rosano danced with Australia’s original breakdance crew (The United Break Team). They supported the legendary Rock Steady Crew on their Australian tour in ’84 and were Puma’s first non-sport endorsed group. They performed all across Australia in clubs, on television and in music video clips. Later, as an accomplished vocalist-songwriter and twice Aria nominated recording artist, his bands West Side Posse, Sound Unlimited and Renegade Funktrain toured with the likes of Public Enemy, Ice-T, Naughty by Nature and De La Soul.

Currently Rosano is very busy in the field of Design and Image/Brand Creation. His handiwork can be seen in the branding, images, and design of this website and the Studio 101 interior which displays his priceless collection of rare record art and beloved vintage boomboxes. If you'd like to see his design site, click here.

Maya & Rosano are very excited about the resurgence of dance and are pleased to welcome everyone who share their passion and love of the arts to enjoy this creative and inspiring space as much as they do.

The 101 Collective - Creative Services

Maya Sheridan - Martinez

"With a background of film, fashion, dance, and branding, Maya embodies todays cross media marketing environment and is everything you need in one sassy little package."

Choreographer, designer, and 101 Director/ Owner : Maya is the driving force of 101 Creative. Australia’s first dancehall teacher and certainly it’s most popular proponent, Maya, is trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and Contemporary, but specialises in her passion for afro derived dance styles. Maya’s uncanny ability to anticipate emerging dance trends has been instrumental to the introduction and support of new and niche styles through the Studio long before their proliferation into the wider “dance” community. Recently she was a Principle Soloist at the International World FIFA congress (Opera House), starred in the So You think you can dance TV advertisement and her choreography credits include Sydney’s Annual Chinese New Year Parade, Apple, Verve Media, Nine MSN and videoclips for artists such as Kid Confucious, Vassy and Jasmine Rae. Maya recently finished 6 choreography pieces for Underbelly Razor (featuring currently on Channel 9) in which she Cast, Choreographed and Conceptualised scripts for the 50/50 club in the styles of Cabaret, Tango, Fosse and Burlesque, 2 pieces featuring Australian Songstress Jessica Mauboy. For more info about Maya click here. To watch some videos click here.


"From writing top 20 hit songs, directing music videos, Fashion/ Product/ Jewellery Design, to Interiors, Branding, Photography, and Illustration,- nothing escapes his all seeing eye. If a picture speaks a thousand words, Rosano’s prolific creative output is nothing short of Encyclopaedic..."

If there is a creative medium out there, chances are Rosano’s worked it. He was Australia’s 1st signed hip hop Artist, composing, recording, releasing and art directing with SONY MUSIC, VIRGIN, EMI, and WARNER MUSIC. Rosano was a member of legendary breakdancers - The United Break Team, as well as a founding member of Australia’s most influential grafitti group: Future Art Beat 4. To see some of Rosano's art click here.

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If you would like to get in touch with any of these wonderful people, email: info@dancestudio101.com.au or call +61 (0) 402 448 006

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"Maya Sheridan, from Dance Studio 101, is not only an inspirational teacher and choreographer, but an inspirational person. Dance Studio 101 is the place to be if you want to raise the roof this year!"
Rachael Beck (Entertainer)

"Maya Sheridan, is not only a passionate dancer and choreographer but a wonderful collaborator. I thoroughly enjoyed creating with her on the City of Sydney Chinese New Year Parades 2008, 2009 which I directed. If it wasn't for Maya's talents and Dance Studio 101, my Parade would not have had the impact and success. I long for the day to work with Maya and Dance Studio 101 again."
Darren Yap (Theatre Director)

"Maya and the team at Dance Studio 101 have helped us redefine client entertainment. We look forward to leveraging their choreography and performance abilities as we activate our latest branded entertainment show - the LXD.”
Stephen Hunt (Director of Joost - Adconion Media Group) "

Maya was a muse for my 2010 costume collection and I was honored to have her open the show at the Utzon room at the Sydney Opera House. She was able to embody the essence of the collection and realise what movement and costume could bring to the moment. She is a true professional and I was so grateful for what she added to the experience."
Techa Noble (Artist/performer - The Kingpins and Designer for fashion brand - Birthday Suit)

"We've used the services of Maya Sheridan from Dance Studio 101 for the last couple of years. I must say she is one of the nicest and most professional persons to deal with. Her years of experience and creative talent has helped to build our business into one of Australia's Hottest Dance Brands. No matter what we throw at her nothing is ever a problem. Even at the drop of a hat she always comes through. No job is to big or small Maya Sheridan is on my speed dial."
(Teko Dwyer - Director of Hedkandi Australia/NZ)

"Maya is an entrepreneur in the dance scene here in Australia. We have worked with her plenty of times because we like her style and professionalism that is what she is " Dance Studio 101" from Hip-Hop to Latin - Studio 101 is the Bomb!"
Dante Rivera (The House of Sol Project dj/producer/musicologist)

"Whilst working at Leo Burnett Australia I had the pleasure of working with Maya Sheridan and her crew at 101. She not only exceeded my expectations with her choreography but also always went beyond the call of duty. With pressing time constraints, she created something truly unique and category breaking for the brand. She is a joy to know and one of the most talented people I have ever had the pleasure in meeting. I do not have the command of any language to explain the dedication she has of what she does, all I can say is she rocks! and I hope you have the opportunity of experiencing what she creates at Dance Studio 101."
Sesh Moodley, (Creative Director - Naked Communications Australia)

"You don’t have to be a dancer to benefit from Maya’s world of knowledge. Her choreography and advice has helped me with performances to camera, on stage and interactions with other performers. She changed the way I think about movement forever!"
Jasmine Rae (Singer/ Songwriter/ Recording artist)

I have attended several classes and dance workshops at 101 and found it a friendly and encouraging environment to explore different dance styles with some truly inspiring teachers. And Maya’s dancers sure threw on a great show when they performed for the closing night of the Sydney Latin American Film Festival at Dendy Opera Quays."
Reem Algharabali (Journalist and event publicist)