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 

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!

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

Performance at Move It, 2017

Sunday 12th March

Excel Centre, London

Artistry Youth Dance

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.

‘Blaze’ Girls’ Day of Dance Trinity Laban

Trinity Laban

15th February, 2017

Artistry Youth Dance

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.

Auditions for new dancers - Sunday 3rd July, 2016

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

  • Performance opportunities

  • 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

Phoenix Dance Theatre Workshop

The dancers participated in a two-day intensive workshop with dance artist Amanda Lewis from Phoenix Dance Theatre. The dancers worked on contemporary dance technique as well as choreography, to create their piece, 'Fracture', for ‘Restec 2015’. The dancers also had the chance to learn about Amanda’s extensive career and her experience of being a dancer and choreographer. The workshop was thoroughly enjoyed by all!

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Filming of contemporary dance piece, 'In a State of Lack'

The dancers have started work with their first choreographer, Gerrard Martin and it is looking good! Gerrard is an extremely experienced artist and we are fortunate to have him on board. Have a look at his extensive biog here: www.gerrardmartindance.com
The dancers worked with both Gerrard and videographer Charlotte Levy to film sections of their piece, 'In a State of Lack'. The footage will be made into a short dance film. Watch this space for the full dance footage. Until then, have a look at short excerpt of the work filmed. 

2014 - Year in review

We would like to thank everyone who helped make 2014 an unforgettable year for us. Here's a look back at some of our most memorable moments from the year. Enjoy!

Ballet Black Workshop Series

For the second year running Artistry Youth Dance was delighted to hold a series of workshops and Masterclasses with Ballet Black. Cassa Pancho's professional ballet company highlights and celebrates the talents of black and Asian dancers from around the world and has garnered praise from all quarters, with recent accolades including the Dance Europe Award for Outstanding Dance Company (2009). Ballet Black is now an Associate Company of the Royal Opera House. It was an amazing chance for the dancers to learn from a professional ballet company, and develop essential ballet technique and performance skills

We welcomed senior artists, choreographers and teachers from the Ballet Black team including Damien Johnson, Cira Robinson, Sayaka Ichikawa, Denzil Bailey, and Reena Bhattacharjee.

For more information about Ballet Black visit balletblack.co.uk/



Fantastic Dance workshops

This term the dancers had a fantastic workshop with the talented Carl Campbell of CCDC7 who led a high energy Contemporary Caribbean dance masterclass. Mr Campbell has been Artistic Director of Carl Campbell Dance Company 7 since 1978 and is one of the UK’s most experienced dance specialists pioneering community based Contemporary Caribbean dance practice. For more information about Carl Campbell visit www.ccdc7.co.uk

The dancers also had a brilliant Contemporary Jazz workshop with Sara Dos Santos, Artistic Director of EIC Dance Theatre. EIC Dance Theatre is an ambitious story-telling contemporary jazz company that explores world issues that not only entertain but also provoke audiences to stand up for positive change. For more information about Sara and EIC Dance Theatre visit www.eicdancetheatre.com

We are grateful to both artists for sharing their knowledge with the dancers and look forward to working with both Carl and Sara again in the future.

Performance at the Big Dance 'Youth Dance Day'

On Saturday 28 June, 2014, the dancers performed at Canary Wharf as part of the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival (GDIF). This fantastic event showcased the best of youth dance from across the Capital. The rain held off (just!) to enable the dancers to perform their contemporary/jazz piece, 'No Woman No Cry'. They also took part in high energy dance workshop (led by myself!) to learn the moves for a top secret Big Dance event taking place in London very soon!

We also had the chance to watch professional ballet company, Ballet Black, perform as part of the GDIF. They performed a beautiful excerpt from Two of a Kind, choreographed by Christopher Marney. A wonderful chance to see them perform again. Overall, a great day was had by all!

ADAD Trailblazer’s Showcase - Group Trip

The dancers enjoyed a fantastic evening of dance from the African Diaspora on Saturday 31st May 2014. The evening featured the winners of the Association of Dance of the African Diaspora (ADAD) Trailblazer Award for 2014. The mixed bill was innovative and exciting and showcased some interesting pieces from across the UK.  

This evening was curated by Trailblazer Champion Denise Rowe and featured work from ADAD’s 2013-14 Trailblazing artists Idrissa Camara, Cindy Claes, Cleo Lake, and Denise Rowe.

ADAD is a national organisation that supports the practice and appreciation of dance of the African Diaspora. 

 


The day we met tap legend, Savion Glover

Inspirational. Incredible. Impeccable tap dancer.

On Sunday, 6th April 2014, Artistry Youth Dance attended a tap master class with the renowned tapper, Savion Glover. He taught us that it is not just counting ‘eight and one, two and three’, but starting from the beginning, in order to have structure and a clear mind. When watching Savion Glover tap, you saw the power, determination and precision of his technique, which communicate the message through the sound. It didn’t matter what steps you tapped, but the mattered was, the sound that came out. What he had originally displayed whilst tapping, was the particular nuance within the sound. As he demonstrated this, we watched, listened and counted in order to gauge our own attention on the different steps, but correct sound. The master class presented the opportunity to understand tap and what tapping really is about and how it has descended upon modern day. 

By Imani (Company Dancer)

Workshop Series with Ballet Black

The dancers had the amazing privilege of having a six-week workshop series with the award winning Ballet Black. The group had ballet technique classes and learnt repertoire from their piece, The One Played Twice  by Javier de Frutos. Classes were led by Ballet Black choreographers, teachers and dancers including Denzil Bailey, Reena Bhattacharjee and Sarah Kundi. Such a great opportunity to work with a professional dance company and I thank Ballet Black for sharing with the dancers.

Ballet Black is led by the talented Cassa Pancho, MBE, and they describe themselves as: 

"a professional ballet company for international dancers of black and Asian descent. We aim to bring ballet to a more culturally diverse audience by celebrating black and Asian dancers in ballet."

I greatly support their vision and have been a Ballet Black fan for many years and so was super excited that the dancers had the chance to work with them (I even joined in a class or two!). As always, I took some pictures (just a couple!).