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
Brit School, Croydon
23rd March. 2017
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.
Sunday 12th March
Excel Centre, London
We were invited to perform at this year’s ‘Move It’ exhibition, the UK's biggest dance event. Over 28 000 visitors attended the 3-day event which featured performances, workshops, and everything dance.
We were delighted to feature as VIP guest artists at the new Move It and Capezio Dance Championships stage. The dancers presented their compelling Contemporary Caribbean piece, 'Empowerment', choreographed by the talented Shelley Maxwell.
Artistry Youth Dance Artistic Director, Kamara Gray, was awarded the Lisa Ullmann Travelling Scholarship Fund, to support a research trip to California, USA, to study Jazz dance technique, history, and teaching practices.Read More
15th February, 2017
For the second year in succession, we were guest performers at ‘Blaze’, a unique dance event run by Trinity Laban. Blaze is an interactive day of dance for girls aged 11-16 years, aimed to encourage them to participate in dance. The day featured performances by female dancers in order to inspire the participants. Audience members stated that their highlight of the event was ‘being able to watch all of the different performances’. A huge thank you to Trinity Laban for including us in such an uplifting event.
Wishing you a joyous Festive Season and best wishes for the New Year!
We know that everyone's doing them so we thought we'd do our own Mannequin Challenge! Filmed at our end of term Watching Day. A special thanks to the parents and audience members who took part as well! Filmed by Carole Edrich.
We're excited to be looking for an administration and fundraising volunteer to join our team! Is it you?
This is a volunteer work experience role, with an immediate start. During this period the chosen candidate will engage in a range of administrative tasks, as well as receive training in fundraising and grant writing. They will also develop skills in correspondence, communications, and social media management. The role is for 3 - 6 hours per week for six to twelve months (flexible).
This exciting opportunity would suit an Arts administration, Arts management, Cultural Policy, or Dance student/graduate.
To apply and to learn more, please email: email@example.com
Please note that this is a training opportunity and not a job. This is an unpaid, volunteer role for an immediate start.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Artistry Youth Dance had the chance to watch a performance of the talented Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at Sadler's Wells Theatre. The students then met Ailey Company members, Yannick Le Brun and Constance Stamatiou, during an informative Q&A session, where they spoke about their experience of being in the Company.
Some of the dancers were also fortunate enough to meet Artistic Director, Robert Battle, which was a great inspiration.
8 - 12 August
We are delighted to be hosting a FREE Summer Dance Intensive for young people aged 14 years and up. The workshops will take place between 8 - 12 August. Classes will be in Jazz and Hip-Hop dance, led by Kamara Gray and Yami 'Rowdy' Lofvenberg.
Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to develop your dance skills over the Summer! Please also share the information with any young people who may interested.
Places are limited so email: firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place.
Watch highlights of our showcase, 'Resilience' below:
A fantastic audience for our end of year dance showcase
Thank you to everyone who attended our end of year dance showcase, 'Resilience'. We are grateful to those who were in the audience, and those who supported from afar. The dancers presented a range of pieces in Jazz, Contemporary and South African influenced dance styles, choreographed by Kamara Gray, Gerrard Martin, Amanda Lewis, and guest choreographer Mbulelo Ndabeni.
The evening was hosted by Simone Daley-Richards, and also featured performances by two special guest artists. Choreographer, Hannah Anderson-Ricketts, presented a beautiful duet, 'Remote', featuring dancers Valerie Ebuwa and Cherilyn Albert. Namron OBE, performed his emotional solo, 'Missing', which was a delight to watch. The audience included the Worshipful the Mayor of Islington, Councillor Kat Fletcher and the Islington Young Mayor, Darey Cletus who both gave positive feedback for the performance.
We'd like to thank the Islington Council Local Initiatives Fund for their support, as well as Paradise Patties and Miss Munchins Cupcakes, for providing the delicious food for the evening. The event was thoroughly enjoyed by all and we look forward to presenting futures performances.
Images by Urban Decay Visuals
Monday 25th July - 7pm
City and Islington College
Artistry Youth Dance present their end of year dance showcase entitled ‘Resilience’. The evening will feature exciting work by a selection of choreographers, including Gerrard Martin Dance and guest choreographer Mbulelo Ndabeni, Artistic Director of N'Da Dance Company.
Mbulelo is a South African born, London-based dancer, choreographer, teacher and movement director. He has previously worked with Matthew Bourne's New Adventures, Rambert Dance Company, Wayne McGregor, and Company Chameleon. His choreography is influenced by his African heritage and Western training in ballet and contemporary dance.
The event is supported by the Islington Council Local Initiatives Fund.
Adult tickets £10 Children/Concessions £7
Tickets are now available to purchase online at: artistryyouthdance.eventbrite.com
Seeking dancers of African and Caribbean descent, aged 14-19 years to join our vibrant London youth dance company
Sunday 3rd July, 2016
Artistry Youth Dance is providing dancers with a unique opportunity to join us from September 2016! We are a vibrant youth dance company that showcases and celebrates dancers of African and Caribbean descent, aged 14-19 years. We aim to encourage success through dance whilst also promoting cultural diversity within the dance industry.
We offer young people a variety of fantastic opportunities to develop their dance and performance skills:
Ballet, Jazz & Contemporary Dance
Workshops with award winning dance companies and choreographers (previous workshops include Ballet Black, Namron, Savion Glover, Anthony Burrell, Mbulelo Ndabeni)
Theatre trips to dance shows and events (Ballet Black, Phoenix Dance Theatre, The Scottsboro Boys, Savion Glover, Dutch National Ballet, Memphis musical, The Lion King musical and many more!)
To register for an audition and to learn more, visit: www.artistryyouthdance.com
Where has the time gone! How did we get to April so quickly? Well we have been keeping ourselves busy over the past couple of months. In recent weeks we've had a stack of performances, including, 'Blaze' at Laban, the U.Dance London Regional Final and 'Positive Push' at the Brit School. We ended off the term with an outstanding Masterclass with international choreographer, Anthony Burrell, who is the Creative Director, Choreographer and dancer for Mariah Carey, Beyoncé and many other artists!
Kamara Gray and the Dancers
Anthony Burrell, an American Creative Director, Choreographer and Dance Artist, delivered an exciting Contemporary Dance Masterclass. Anthony began his career as a company dancer with Ailey II and later with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Anthony has since forged an impressive career in the Commercial Dance industry, working with artists including Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Alicia Keys, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.
He surprised two students by awarding them with scholarships to attend his Summer intensive programme, 'Breaking Barriers', taking place in Philadelphia in July, 2016. He is dedicated to providing dance training to under-served youth and was a great inspiration for our dancers.
The dancers featured in the Positive Push Performing Arts Festival at the Brit School, Croydon. The event featured a selection of local youth dance companies and schools, showcasing a mix of dance, drama and singing.
We were also invited to perform at 'Blaze', an annual 'day of dance' for girls aged 11-16 years, held at Trinity Laban, Greenwich.
Artistry Youth Dance were fortunate to have been selected as regional finalists for U.Dance London, the national youth dance festival organised by One Dance UK. Only nine groups were selected to perform at the event. The dancers performed, 'Fracture', choreographed by Amanda Lewis from Phoenix Dance Theatre, and Gerrard Martin from Gerrard Martin Dance.