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Special Invite! Join the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater & leading vocational schools for an exclusive workshop series!


Register now for the AYD100 Workshop Weekender

Sat 7 & Sun 8 September. 10am - 5pm

We will soon be taking our invited group of 100 young Black students to see the world renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at Sadler's Wells on the 5th, 11th, and 12th September. Thank you to everyone who registered as all tickets have been allocated! A special thank you to Sadler's Wells who kindly donated additional tickets to enable us to bring even more young people to the performances. Click here to join the waitlist.

But wait, there's more! 

We have organised an INCREDIBLE weekend of dance workshops on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th September, including a special masterclass with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater! Rehearsal Director, Matthew Rushing, and dance artist, Jeroboam Bozeman will lead the dancers in an amazing workshop.

Click here to book your place now!

This exclusive 2 day weekend of dance workshops will also include workshops with leading vocational schools, colleges, and conservatoires (including Urdang Academy, London Studio Centre, Laban, Rambert School, and IRIE Dance Theatre). Participants will gain an insight into the dance industry, as well as information on various training and progression routes. The event will include an audition class, and scholarships will also be awarded at the event! The event will be hosted at the Urdang Academy. The cost to attend is £9 for one day or £15 for both days

Places are available for young people aged 12 – 19 years, of African or Caribbean descent, who have an interest in dance. All levels are welcome. Please also share the information with any young people who may be interested. 

The aim is for young black dancers to have a better knowledge of available training routes in dance and performing arts. We want to promote diversity in dance, and for more young dancers of African and Caribbean descent to be uplifted, inspired, and encouraged to pursue their dreams in dance, the Arts, or whatever career path they choose. 

Tickets are limited, so book now to avoid disappointment. To register, visit: ayd100.eventbrite.com. I look forward to seeing you there!


Many thanks,

Kamara Gray and the dancers of Artistry Youth Dance

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Rehearsal Director and Guest Artist Matthew Rushing. Photo by Andrew Eccles
ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER - SUNDAY 8 SEPTEMBER
MATTHEW RUSHING

REHEARSAL DIRECTOR AND GUEST ARTIST

Matthew Rushing was born in Los Angeles, California. He began his dance training with Kashmir Blake in Inglewood, California, and later continued his training at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. He is the recipient of a Spotlight Award and a Dance Magazine Award and was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. He was a scholarship student at The Ailey School and later became a member of Ailey II. During his career Mr. Rushing has performed as a guest artist for galas in Vail, Colorado, as well as in Austria, Canada, France, Italy, and Russia. He has performed for Presidents George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, as well as at the 2010 White House Dance Series. During his time with the Company, he has choreographed three ballets: Acceptance In Surrender (2005), a collaboration with Hope Boykin and Abdur-Rahim Jackson; Uptown (2009), a tribute to the Harlem Renaissance; and ODETTA (2014), a celebration of “the queen of American folk music.” In 2012 he created Moan, which was set on Philadanco and premiered at The Joyce Theater. Mr. Rushing joined the Company in 1992 and became rehearsal director in June 2010. (Image by Andrew Eccles)
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - Jeroboam Bozeman. Photo by Andrew Eccles.
ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER - SUNDAY 8 SEPTEMBER
JEROBOAM BOZEMAN
 

Jeroboam Bozeman (Brooklyn, NY) began his dance training under Ruth Sistaire at the Ronald Edmonds Learning Center. He later joined Creative Outlet, and was granted full scholarships at the Joffrey Ballet School and Dance Theatre of Harlem. Mr. Bozeman is a gold-medal recipient of the NAACP ACT-SO Competition in Dance. He performed in Elton John and Tim Rice’s Broadway musical Aida (international tour in China) and was a part of Philadanco, Donald Byrd’s Spectrum Dance Theater, and Ailey II. During the fall of 2016 Mr. Bozeman performed as a guest artist with The Royal Ballet, and Dance Magazine nominated him as one of “25 to Watch” in 2018. Mr. Bozeman recently received a bachelor’s degree in psychology concentrating in industrial organization from Argosy University. Mr. Bozeman joined the Company in 2013. Instagram: @Jeroboamb (Image by Andrew Eccles)
URDANG ACADEMY - SATURDAY 7 SEPTEMBER
COMMERCIAL/STREET DANCE

The Urdang Academy is a conservatoire of dance and musical theatre offering exceptional vocational training in the vibrant heart of London. Urdang educates and trains young performers from 16 and up in Musical Theatre and Dance to become strong, disciplined and confident performers.

Urdang boasts a modern outlook, dynamic atmosphere and inspiring backdrop, making the Academy an energising and contemporary place to study. We admit students based on their raw talent, believing that raw talent supercedes size, race, height, socio-economic status and ethnicity. It is this mentality that has made us the most diverse dance and musical theatre academy in the UK and has also inspired us to run a selection of short and evening courses giving everyone the chance to train and perform at their best.

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IRIE! DANCE THEATRE - SATURDAY 7 SEPTEMBER
AFRICAN FUSION


IRIE! dance theatre will deliver a fusion class accompanied by a live drummer to introduce the BA(Hons)Diverse Dance Styles. This is a unique course presenting African, Caribbean, Contemporary and Urban dance forms equally.  The course is delivered by  IRIE! dance theatre and validated by the University of Roehampton. For more information, visit: https://www.iriedancetheatre.org/ba-degree/

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LONDON STUDIO CENTRE - SATURDAY 7 SEPTEMBER

Founded in 1978 by Bridget Espinosa, London Studio Centre offers a BA Honours Theatre Dance degree programme specialising in classical ballet, contemporary dance, jazz dance or music theatre. The course offers training for students who are dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in all aspects of the theatre. 
In the vibrant atmosphere at London Studio Centre all our students are treated as professionals. We have an ‘open door’ communications policy, which lends itself to a very special working environment among both students and staff that produces positive, versatile and communicative young professional performers. This is demonstrated over the long history of successes of our graduates in every branch of the performing arts. Our graduates not only become the performers of tomorrow, but the makers and doers of the industry, leaving London Studio Centre with the entrepreneurial skills to meet the demands of today’s careers. We are proud to see our alumni at the top of their fields not just in performing, but directing, choreographing, teaching and founding their own companies.
 
“London Studio Centre is a leading conservatoire delivering world-class education and training in Theatre Dance and Musical Theatre. LSC enjoys an international reputation for its professional training, enabling students to receive exceptional training in a vibrant atmosphere.” - Nic Espinosa, Director
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TRINITY LABAN CONSERVATOIRE OF MUSIC AND DANCE
SATURDAY 7 SEPTEMBER
CONTEMPORARY


We offer dance undergraduate programmes, as well as a Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) scheme for those aged 13-18, which all to aim to prepare you for a successful career in the world of contemporary dance.  These develop your technical expertise and expressive skills, alongside being involved in creative and collaborative projects.

The workshops at AYD100 will be a combination of both contemporary technique and creative tasks to give you a taster of what you would encounter when studying with us, led by one of our teachers from the dance faculty. For further information, visit: trinitylaban.ac.uk

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RAMBERT SCHOOL OF BALLET & CONTEMPORARY DANCE - SAT 7 SEPT
BALLET & CONTEMPORARY


Our mission is to provide world-leading training and education in ballet and contemporary dance.

In our studios you will find creativity and excellence; our life blood. We believe in the tradition of our School, and in the innovation that comes from being forward thinking and embracing the new.  Our vocation is to realise the potential of every single student.  Each member of staff here at Rambert School welcomes individuality, and this is at the heart of our teaching. For further information, visit: www.rambertschool.org.uk

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Artistry Youth Dance present, 'Belonging'
End of Year Dance Showcase


Monday 12 August &
Tuesday 13 August
7.30pm

There's one week to go until our end of year dance showcase, 'Belonging'! Tickets are selling fast, so don't miss out! The evening will feature a selection of pieces including work by Kamara Gray, Heather Benson and guest choreographer Sean Graham.  

There will also be a special guest performances from Alethia Antonia, current dancer with the Russell Maliphant Dance Company, and Adanna Lawrence, Contemporary Category finalist for the BBC Young Dancer, 2019 Awards. You don't want to miss it! The event is supported by the Islington Council Local Initiatives Fund.

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444 Camden Road
London, N7 0SP

£12 Adults / £8 Concessions

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Meet The Choreographers

Sean Graham - Guest Choreographer

Sean Graham

Graham has choreographed a new piece with the dancers, created specially for the showcase. His recent projects include; Play Director for the Global Black Voices project at the Roundhouse; Lead Creative Director at Young Vic Theatre for Bronx Gothic (response) NT Live project; Dancer with Barrowland Ballet based in Scotland; Choreographer/Movement Director for award nominated touring production “Sweet Like Chocolate Boy” by Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu; Movement Director at the Kiln Theatre.

Alethia Antonia - Guest Artist

Guest Performer - Alethia Antonia

The talented Alethia Antonia will be our guest artist at the showcase, where she will perform an excerpt of her solo, 'Inscribed in Me'. Alethia is a current dancer with the Russell Maliphant Dance Company. Antonia has worked with choreographers such as Sita Ostheimer, Mickael Marso Riviere, Grace Nicol, Lenka Vagnerová, Filip Van Huffel, Matthew Robinson, Victor Quijada, Renaud Wiser, Ihsan Rustem, Hannes Langolf, Mbulelo Ndabeni and Luke Jessop. As a freelance artist, Antonia is currently also a member of Extended Play (Jamaal Burkmar) and Heather Walrond Company.

Heather Star Benson

Heather is a former company member of Dallas Black Dance Theatre II, Urban Bush Women and Philadanco! (The Philadelphia Dance Company), performing the works of Talley Beatty, George Faison, Milton Myers, Christopher Huggins, Ronald K. Brown, Dwight Rhoden, and many more. As well she has taught the Lester Horton Technique and other dance forms around the world whilst touring with Philadanco! In 2013, Heather was an original cast member of The Apollo Theater’s (NYC) James Brown: Get on the Good Foot, featuring works by Otis Sallid, Ronald K. Brown, Camille A. Brown, Thang Dao and Abdel Salaam.

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Special Invite - Tickets For The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater For Young Black Dancers!

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Special Invite! See the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Live at Sadler's Wells Theatre!


Register now for tickets for our AYD100 Campaign

We are inviting 100 young Black students to see the world renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater on either the 5th or 11th September, 2019, at Sadler's Wells Theatre. Tickets are available for young people aged 12 – 19 years, of African and Caribbean descent, who have an interest in dance. 
To register, visit: www.ayd100.eventbrite.comTickets are £5 each. 

This is an event NOT TO BE MISSED so don't sleep on it!

The tickets have been provided to encourage more young people of African and Caribbean descent to see live dance shows across a range of genres. We know from our own experiences and testimonials from our young dancers how important it is for them to see successful role models take up space in different dance genres that they once thought were not for people that looked like them. 

We'd like to also thank the many individuals who donated to our crowdfunding campaign and Sadler's Wells Theatre who made this possible.

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About the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater 

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT) grew from a now-fabled performance in March 1958 at the 92nd Street in New York City. Led by Alvin Ailey and a group of young African-American modern dancers, that performance changed forever the perception of American dance. The company has earned a reputation as one of the most acclaimed international ambassadors of American culture, promoting the uniqueness of the African-American cultural experience and the preservation and enrichment of the American modern dance. To see videos of the AAADT, visit: https://www.youtube.com/user/AileyOrganization

Please also feel free to share the information with any other young people who may be interested.

Tickets are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment. To register, visit: 
www.ayd100.eventbrite.com
Enjoy!


Many thanks,

Kamara Gray and the dancers of Artistry Youth Dance

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AUDITIONS! JANUARY 2019!

 
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DO YOU KNOW ANY TALENTED YOUNG DANCERS, AGED 14 - 19 YEARS?


Accepting new dancers to join us from January 2019!

 

Artistry Youth Dance is seeking dancers of African and Caribbean descent, to join our vibrant London youth dance company from January 2019. 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 Sunday 13th January, 2019.

We will be accepting dancers ages 14 - 19 years for our Youth Dance Company. 

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

  • Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, African, & Caribbean 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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Happy New Year from Artistry Youth Dance!

 
We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy New Year! As we look forward to the year ahead, we also reflect back on a fantastic 2018. In 2018 we celebrated our five year anniversary and thank everyone who has contributed to our success. We are grateful for your continued support, and wish you a year ahead filled with prosperity, success, happiness, and lots of dance! 2018 saw Artistry Youth Dance work with an incredible roster of dance artists, teachers, choreographers, dance companies, and creatives. Our students also had some great individual achievements. Below is a recap of some of our accomplishments, which we hope you enjoy reading. We look forward to connecting with you in 2019!

Best wishes,


Kamara and Artistry Youth Dance
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DANCE CLASSES AND MORE!


We have had an amazing programme of dance in 2018. There have been a total of:

  • 154 classes and workshops, totalling 262 hours of dance!

AMAZING TEACHERS

The dancers have worked with an amazing team of teachers for their regular weekly classes. There have been 4 regular teachers:

  • Kamara Gray
  • Heather Benson
  • Mbulelo Ndabeni
  • Myriam Tsehay

We’ve worked with an additional 14 dance artists, companies, creatives, and choreographers:

  • Brandon Lee Sears (credits include: Motown Musical UK, Heathers Musical, Come From Away Musical)
  • Urdang Academy
  • Hakeem Onibudo/Impact Youth Dance
  • Lorena Perez Lira (Cinematographer)
  • Brandon Lawrence (Birmingham Royal Ballet)
  • Arts Educational School London
  • Bianca Boyce (Life Coaching, Motivation)
  • Elsabet Yonas (Summer Dance Intensive)
  • Sarita Piotrowski (Summer Dance Intensive)
  • Adam Parson (Guest Choreographer – Summer Dance Intensive)
  • Alesandra Seutin (African Contemporary – Guest Choreographer, pictured)
  • Jeroboam Bozeman (Current dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, pictured)
  • Vicki Igbokwe/Uchenna Dance company
  • Carole Edrich/ 'Dancegr.st' (photographer)

STUDENT SUCCESS


We’ve worked with 22 young people through our regular youth dance company programme, and delivered workshops and events for an additional 100 people. Our students have also had some brilliant successes, including:

Monique Ademilola – London Contemporary Dance School, BA Honours Contemporary Dance
Analeise Auguste – London Contemporary Dance School, BA Honours Contemporary Dance
Alexzandra Barnes – Urdang Academy Diploma in Professional Dance with full funding from a Dance and Drama award (DADA)
Kendra Chiagoro-Noel – National Youth Dance Company 2018/2019 / Shift Youth Dance Company
Aaliyah Dawkins – Unconditional offer for Uxbridge college (Dance and Production) / Ballet Black Associates programme
Elizabeth-Rose Esin Kelly – Guilford School of Acting (Musical Theatre) / Shift Youth Dance Company
Adanna Lawrence – Round 2 (final 15) – BBC Young Dancer of the Year, Contemporary Dance category

PERFORMANCES


We have performed at, and been involved with 12 events, performances, and projects, including:
  • Dance/Fashion Filming Project with Lorena Perez Lira
  • Mixin Media at The Place
  • Tune-D In Project at The Place
  • CallyFest Bus Stop Dance Floor
  • Jamaican High Commission - Youth Forum
  • ‘Fearless’ - End of Year Show
  • Africa Centre Summer Festival
  • Summer Dance Intensive, part of Islington Council's Summer 'Launchpad' activities
  • ‘Fresh’, at The Place
  • ‘Hansel and Gretel’ by Uchenna Dance (led by Vicki Igbokwe), at The Place (pictured)

GROUP TRIPS


There have been 9 Group Trips to see shows, events, and performances
  • Ballet Black
  • Move It
  • Hamlet by the Royal Shakespeare Company
  • National Youth Dance Company (Sadler’s Wells)
  • Phoenix Dance Theatre at the Peacock Theatre
  • Rambert Dance School Summer Show at The Place
  • Urdang Summer Show at the Shaw Theatre
  • ‘Reckonings’, a triple bill featuring work by Julie Cunningham, Botis Seva, and Alesandra Seutin, at Sadler's Wells (pictured)
  • Motown the musical

COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS


We’ve been involved with 2 collaborative projects
  • Tune-D In Project with Youthsayers youth music company, produced by Hakeem Onibudo (pictured, photo credit: Alicia Clarke)
  • Fusion Project with Urdang Academy and Impact Youth Dance
Here's wishing you a wonderful year ahead!
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Artistry Youth Dance Performance At FRESH! Sat 1 Dec - 7pm

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Come watch us perform at FRESH!

 

Saturday 1st December, 7.00pm

The Place, London

We are delighted to be performing at this year's 'Fresh' event on Saturday 1st December, at 7pm at The Place. The dancers will present, 'Fearless', choreographed by Kamara Gray.


The evening performance features an exciting mixed bill of work from some of the 'freshest' companies. The stellar lineup of performances includes Alleyne Dance, juggling pros KABEZA COMPANY, a solo from Amy Bell, fierce dancers from the University of East London choreographed by Boy Blue Entertainment’s Kenrick ‘H20’ Sandy, alongside performances by youth companies Lotus Youth Dance Company, and Shift Dance Company. There'll also be a screening of Candoco's film Alice's Story.e.

Tickets are just £14 (£9 concs). 
To book performance tickets, visit: https://www.theplace.org.uk/whats-on/fresh-3

We hope to see you there!

Artistry Youth Dance Auditions
Sunday 13th January, 2019

We are auditioning for new dancers to join us from January 2019! We are seeking talented dancers of African and Caribbean descent, aged 14 – 19 years, for our vibrant London youth dance company. We work with fantastic dance artists, choreographers, and dance companies, and it's a great opportunity for any dance student or aspiring dancer. Please refer any talented young people that you know, who may be interested.

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

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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

Summer Dance Intensive

Our Artistry Youth Dance Summer Intensive took place from 13 - 17 August and featured an exciting schedule of dance classes, workshops, talks. Held at City and Islington College, dancers had classes in Afro-Fusion with Mbulelo Ndabeni, Contemporary with Sarita Piotrowski, Hip-Hop with Elsabet Yonas, and Jazz with our Artistic Director, Kamara Gray. Students were also treated to a Masterclass with Guest Teacher, Adam Parson from the USA who led a brilliant Jazz dance session. The Intensive also featured a workshop with lifecoach Bianca Boyce to help with goal setting and achieveing your goals. A great week was had by all! Make sure you don’t miss the 2019 Summer Intensive which is set to be even bigger and better! Sign up to our mailing list to stay up to date with our future events and activities!

'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.