Nico Major aka DR. BEAT first began dancing and performing at the age of five and was gradually bitten by the Hip-Hop bug over the following years. Throughout his teens he truly discovered a passion for Hip-Hop music through mixtapes from school friends, experiencing new exciting sounds not really heard on the radio or TV. The next stepping stone came in 1997 when he discovered and entered the world of 'Bboying' (Breakdance) via Freshmess dance company and never looked back. Within a couple of years he was already beginning to compete (winning many local competitions), perform and teach the dance and it's Hip-Hop culture across Scotland and by 2001 had co-founded Edinburgh's first Breakdance dance crew since the 1980s - Random Aspekts. It was during this time via hundreds of breakdance battles, night club and festival shows and stage performances that he developed a strong reputation for his unique dance style and 'freestyle' skills. Since 2004, he also been incorporated into other Scottish Breakdance crews including - The Master Craftsmen and Scotland's largest and longest running Breaking & Hip-Hip crew, the Flyin' Jalapenos.
Alongside his 20+ years in the Scottish Hip-Hop scene he has also had the opportunity to collaborate with other unique performers including legendary Ozzie comedian - Tim Minchin; flamenco guitar wizard - Ricardo Garcia, in several awarding-winning 5-star Hip-Hop infused Flamenco tours across the UK and Canada including 'Flamenco Flow' and 'Flamenco con Fusion'; the world renowned The Cuban Brothers and even once danced for HRH Prince Charles at his garden party.
As well as supporting many international and local Hip-Hop & music legends such as KRS ONE, Talib Kweli, Breakestra, Penpushers, Scotland Yard, Reachout and Croft No. 5
Aside from over two decades of creative collaborations his dance skills have been called on in the commercial world too, performing for household names such as Levis, Puma, Reebok, Schuh, Xile Clothing, T-Mobile, BBC, STV, Channel 4, Smirnoff, Miller Beer, HPNOTIQ, Jamesons Whisky & Edinburgh Gin.
He first started teaching with Dance Base in 1998 and has taught Breakdance/Hip-Hop/Streetdance and Graffiti Art to many thousands of people, of all ages and stages, all across the country.