Scholarship for Male Dancers!

We are delighted to announce a new scholarship for 2018/2019 that will be awarded to a male dancer to join Artistry Youth Dance. The bursary has been generously donated by Angela Newby, and will fund tuition for the full academic year, and uniform. The scholarship is open to male dancers, of African and Caribbean descent, aged 14 -19 years. Applications due by 13th September, 2018.

To apply, visit: www.artistryyouthdance.com

'Fearless' - Thank You!

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THANK YOU FOR COMING TO WATCH 'FEARLESS''!

 

A brilliant End of Year Showcase, to celebrate our 5 Year Anniversary

Thank you to everyone who attended our end of year dance showcase, 'Fearless', on Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th August! We are grateful for two near sell-out performances, and would like to thank our audiences and those who sent messages of support. The dancers put on a fantastic show and presented several pieces in Jazz, Contemporary, Horton Technique, and African dance styles. The pieces were choreographed by Kamara Gray, Heather Benson, and guest choreographer Alesandra Seutin. The evening was hosted by City and Islington College student Saibata Shaw, and Artistry Youth Dance's very own, Kiera-Nicole Brennan.

The showcase also featured Special Guest performances by Evonnee Bentley-Holder and Toi B. Brown, who performed 'Duality of the Mind', choreographed by Kamara Gray. Our second Guest Artist was the wonderful Heather Benson, who performed the stunning 'Ne me Quitte Pas', choreographed by Cain Coleman Jr. 

We would like to thank the Islington Council Local Initiatives Fund for their support; our product sponsors, Virtue Drinks, Capezio, Olu Olu Foods, and Dash Water; our patron Namron OBE; Lighting Designer, Neill Brinkworth; Sound Technician, Chanelle Riley; Photographer, Carole Edrich; Videographer, Jaha Browne; The Student Support team; City and Islington College; the Executive Team, Nicholas Norman, and Tahlia Gray; Urdang Academy studios; the dancers, parents, and the wonderful audience. The event was thoroughly enjoyed by all and we look forward to welcoming you all at our future performances.

'Freedom?', choreographed by Kamara Gray (Image: Carole Edrich)
'An Ode to the Mama's' choreographed by Alesandra Seutin (image: Carole Edrich)
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Competition winners with prizes from Capezio, Virtue Drinks, Dash Water, and Olu Olu Foods (Image: Carole Edrich)

DO YOU KNOW ANY TALENTED YOUNG DANCERS, AGED 10 AND ABOVE?


Accepting talented dancers to join us from September 2018!

 
Artistry Youth Dance is seeking dancers of African and Caribbean descent, to join our vibrant London youth dance company from September 2018. We aim to encourage success through dance, and promote cultural diversity within the dance industry. Click here to register for our next auditions, taking place on Saturday 15th September.

We will be accepting dancers ages 10 - 14 years for our new Junior Division, and dancers 14 and above for our Senior Youth Dance Company. 

We offer young people a variety of fantastic opportunities to develop their dance and performance skills:

  • Ballet, Jazz & Contemporary Dance
  • Performance opportunities
  • Workshops with award winning dance companies and choreographers (previous workshops include Ballet Black, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Anthony Burrell, Namron, Alleyne Dance)
  • Theatre trips to dance shows and events (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dreamgirls the musical, Ballet Black, Phoenix Dance Theatre, The Lion King musical, and many more!)
Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to join us!

To register for an audition and to learn more, visit: www.artistryyouthdance.com

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Callyfest - Bus Stop Dance Floor

Artistry Youth Dance performed at the recent Cally Festival at the 'Bus Stop Dance Floor', hosted by the Urdang Academy and Sadler's Wells Theatre. The Caledonian Road event featured music, dance, art, and creative workshops, bringing the community together for an enjoyable day of live performances. 

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Happy Birthday to us!

It's our 5th birthday!!

Artistry Youth Dance is celebrating its 5th anniversary on the 14th April!! We are thankful for our dancers, teachers, choreographers, venues, sponsors, and supporters for helping us get this far!! Check out this video made in honour of this wonderful occasion! 

Tune-D In Performance - The Place, London

We took part in a fantastic project with youth music company, Youthsayers to create a piece for 'Tune-D In'. the project was a brilliant initiative led by producer, Hakeem Onibudo, and culminated in a performance at the The Place in London on Saturday 7th April, 2018. Our dancers worked alongside the talented musicians of Youthsayers, who created an original track for the piece. Choreographed by Company dancer, Jasmine Tripp, in collaboration with the dancers, the young people performed an emotional piece inspired by the residents of the Grenfell Tower. A huge thanks to the team at Youthsayers, the incredible musicians, and the wonderful dancers. All the students involved did an incredible performance, and we look forward to more collaborative opportunities in the future.

Performance - One Dance UK Dance Teaching & Participation Conference (Saturday 25th November)

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We will be performing at this year's One Dance UK Dance Teaching & Participation Conference on Saturday 25th November. We will be performing our piece, 'Awaken by Night', choreographed by Heather Benson. It will be an exciting event that combines key notes, discussion, practical workshops and research presentations to update, up-skill and uplift the dance teachers both within and outside of the formal education sectors. It will also have tailored content for those that organise or manage dance learning and participation programmes with dance companies or venues.

Drawing upon the work of leaders in dance education and youth dance settings, the conference will be a great place for everyone to network and learn about what’s happening in dance teaching across England.

The evening performance will take place at 6pm at Trinity Laban. For more information about the event, and to book tickets, visit: http://www.onedanceuk.org/event/one-dance-uk-conference-season-2017/

Artistry Youth Dance members chosen as One Dance UK Dance Ambassadors!

We are delighted that 2 of our current and former Company members have been selected by One Dance UK to be a Dance Ambassador for 2017/2018. Grace Akinbode and Destiny Bennett-Ellis will join 18 other young dancers, aged 15-25 who act as both ambassadors for dance in general and where possible assist with the delivery of One Dance UK activities. It is a unique opportunity for the dancers, and we look forward to learning about their journeys over the year ahead.

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Information from the One Dance UK website:

Who is a Dance Ambassador and what do they do?

One Dance UK’s Dance Ambassadors are proactive and confident young people from across the UK. They learn about the work of One Dance UK and advocate for the organisation and its activities across their networks, with decision makers and stakeholders in their location and at events that One Dance UK invite them to. For more information about the Dance Ambassadors, visit: http://www.onedanceuk.org/programme/children-young-people/dance-ambassadors/

Irie Dance Theatre Workshop

  With the artists from Irie Dance

With the artists from Irie Dance

The dancers had a fantastic Caribbean dance workshop led by Irie Dance. It was a great way to be introduced to the work that Irie Dance do. The company will be launching a new BA (Hons) Degree next year in Diverse Dance Styles, and we were one of the first people to learn about this 'hot off the press' news. 

 

 

 

About the BA (Hons) Degree in Diverse Dance Styles:

(Subject to validation by University of Roehampton)

IRIE! dance theatre presents the new BA (Hons) degree in Diverse Dance Styles, a new and exciting course presenting African, Caribbean, Contemporary and Urban dance styles, the first degree course to present these styles equally.  Dance technique, choreography and performance will be supported by the cultural context of each style. Based at the Moonshot Centre, (the home of the company) students will be part of a creative community, including:

  • a performance company;
     
  • independent artists developing their professional practice and
     
  • a community engagement programme.

For more information about the course, visit: http://iriedancetheatre.org/ba-degree 

Welcome to our 2017 teachers!

This term we have a fantastic line-up of teachers working with the dancers!

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Damien Johnson—Guest teacher (ballet)

Damien was born in Dallas, Texas and received his training from Etgen-Atkinson School of Ballet and  the Booker T. Washington School of the Arts. He then studied on a full scholarship at the School of American Ballet. In 2002, Damien joined the American Repertory Ballet and then the Dance Theater of Harlem Ensemble in 2003. He first joined Ballet Black in 2005 before moving to Los Angeles Ballet in 2008. Damien returned to Ballet Black in 2009. As the longest serving member of Ballet Black, Damien has been featured in many Company works by choreographers that include Irek Mukhamedov, Liam Scarlett, Richard Alston and Javier de Frutos, and created the title role of Orpheusin Will Tuckett’s 2011 production for Ballet Black. He created the roles of The Lover in Christopher Hampson’s Storyville (2012), The Soldier in Christopher Marney’s War Letters in 2013, Oberon in Arthur Pita’s Ballet Black production of A Dream Within a Midsummer Night’s Dream (2014) and The Ruler in Second Coming (Mark Bruce in 2015). Damien is also a sought-after teacher and is Ballet Master for the Ballet Black Company and Associate Programme.

Heather Benson—Horton Technique

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 Heather trained with Norma’s Academy of Dance, The Atlanta Ballet Centre of Dance, Total Dance and Dancical Productions. She received a B.F.A. in Dance from The Florida State University and went on to become a professional dancer for a multitude of companies: Dallas Black Dance Theatre II, Urban Bush Women and Philadanco! (The Philadelphia Dance Company). In 2013, Heather was an original cast member of The Apollo Theater’s (NYC) James Brown: Get on the Good Foot and now resides in London. Heather continues to teach Horton Technique weekly at Danceworks and serves as a resident instructor for Artistry Youth Dance and Transform! Dance and a guest tutor for the WAC Arts Diploma Programme. Heather’s class brings excitement and dynamic musicality to the Horton technique! 

Mbulelo Ndabeni—Ballet/contemporary

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Originally from Ugie, South Africa, Mbulelo Ndabeni is a London-based dancer, choreographer, movement director, teacher, founder and director of Mbulelo Ndabeni | N'da dance. One Dance UK/DAD Trailblazer 2015-2016, One Dance UK mentoring Programme 2015-2016, Phoenix Dance Theatre's Choreographers and Composer's Lab 2015 and recipient of Dancer's Career Development fund.

Mbulelo trained in Dance For All, Khayelitsha in Cape Town, London Studio Centre, San Francisco Academy of Ballet and Kaatsbaan, New York.

Mbulelo Ndabeni has performed with companies such as Rambert, 'Henri Oguike, Merce Cunningham, Itzik Galili, Mark Baldwin and Christopher Bruce', Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake, Cape Town City Ballet 'Veronica Peaper, Sean Bovim and Rudy Van Danzig', Cape Dance Company 'Christopher Huggins', Company Chameleon 'Anthony Missen', Longborough Festival Opera 'Didy Veldman' and Company Wayne McGregor. In doing so, Mbulelo has gained valuable experience and skills over many years of working with the top U.K companies and organisations including the Royal Shakespeare Company as well as award winning international artists such as ladysmith Black Mambazo and Goshka Macuga.

'Nay Triple Bill' - Friday 15th September

On the 15th September, 2017, choreographer Mbulelo Nbabeni launched his company, N'Da Dance Company, with an enthralling evening of dance, entitled the 'Nay Triple Bill'. Held at Rich Mix, Mbulelo Ndabeni staged an evening of thought provoking works in collaboration with Yinka Esi Graves, Dr Omar Timberlake and Carolyn Bolton exploring the notion of masculine, feminine and conflict. We were fortunate to have performed his piece 'I Matter' as a curtain raiser. The event was sold out and showcased Mbulelo's fantastic work. It was a pleasure to have been involved in the wonderful event. https://www.richmix.org.uk/events/dance/nay-triple-bill

Artistry Youth Dance - Nay Triple Bill

Summer Dance Intensive 2017

We held our second Summer Intensive programme from Monday 14 - Friday 18 August, 2017. It was delivered on behalf of Islington Council as part of their 'Launchpad' Summer activities, and was free for young people who lived or studied in Islington, aged 16 -24 years.

The exciting programme, saw the young people have workshops in Jazz led by Kamara Gray, Hip-Hop with Yami 'Rowdy' Lofvenberg, Afro-Fusion with Sheila Attah, Contemporary Dance with Sarita Piotrowski, and Dance Business with Tomorr Kokona on behalf of One Dance UK. We even had the chance to attend the West End production of 'Dream Girls', which was a wonderful experience for all involved. A great week of dance, and we look forward to next year's event. Thanks to everyone who attended, and thank you to Islington Council and Launchpad for the opportunity to host such a great event. We'd also like to express a special thanks to City and Islington College, who provided the fantastic dance space for the Intensive.

Check out this highlights video of what took place during the week!

Artistry Youth Dance present 'Empowerment', a sharing of Dance

Artistry Youth Dance present their end of year dance showcase entitled ‘Empowerment’. The evening will feature exciting work by a selection of choreographers, including Kamara Gray, Heather Benson, Shelley Maxwell, and guest choreographer Alleyne Dance.

Kristina and Sadé Alleyne presents Alleyne Dance, an internationally touring, innovative, modern, multi disciplined dance company based in London. Kristina and Sadé have worked with many companies across the years and trained in many genres of dance including traditional African dance, Hip Hop, Kathak, Latin and Circus Skills. 

The programme will also feature a special guest performance by Nafisah Baba, winner of the BBC Young Dancer of the Year Award.

The event is supported by the Islington Council Local Initiatives Fund.

Artistry Youth Dance present 'Empowerment'

Auditions for new dancers - Sunday 2nd July, 2017

Seeking dancers of African & Caribbean descent, aged 14-25 years to join our successful youth dance company! This year, we're accepting dancers up to age 25! Don't miss out!

Learn more, and register at: www.artistryyouthdance.com

‘ +Push’ Performing Arts Festival

Brit School, Croydon

23rd March. 2017

Artistry Youth Dance

Our final performance for the term was at the Brit School’s ‘+Push' Performing Arts Festival. The Festival was an evening of exciting performances from London schools, colleges, and youth dance companies. It was a great event to have been involved with, and a wonderful chance for the dancers to further showcase their dance and performances skills. A special thanks to the Brit School for programming us in their exciting show.