We have a fantastic Summer Dance Intensive taking place from 13 - 17 August for young people who live or study in Islington. It is FREE to attend, so please register to reserve your place. It is a great way to continue dancing over the Summer for FREE.
The included styles are Afro-Fusion, Jazz, Contemporary, and Hip-Hop dance, and the programme is part of Islington Council's 'Launchpad' activities taking place over the Summer.
The details are below:
Dates: Monday 13th August - Friday 17th August
Time: 11.00am - 4.30pm
Dance styles: Afro-Fusion, Jazz, Contemporary, and Hip-Hop dance.
Age: 16 - 24 years
Level: All levels welcome
City and Islington College
Centre for Business, Arts and Technology
444 Camden Rd,
London, N7 0SP
Closest Tube: Holloway Road (Piccadilly Line)
Places are limited, so register now! To reserve your place, visit: www.artistryyouthdance.com/summer
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.
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!
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.
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/
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!
A brilliant End of Year Showcase, featuring a diverse mix of dance
Thank you to everyone who attended our end of year dance showcase, 'Empowerment', on Monday 7th August. We are grateful to those who were in the audience, and to those who sent messages of support. The dancers put on a spectacular show and presented several pieces in Jazz, Contemporary, Horton Technique, and Caribbean dance styles. The pieces were choreographed by Kamara Gray, Heather Benson, and guest choreographers Shelley Maxwell, and Alleyne Dance. The evening was hosted by the talented Simone Daley-Richards.
The showcase also featured a Special Guest performance by Nafisah Baba, winner of the BBC Young Dancer of the Year Award. Nafisah presented a breathtaking solo that highlighted the struggles faced when she was in school, about whether to pursue sports, netball or dance.
The audience included the Worshipful the Mayor of Islington, Councillor Una O'Halloran, Islington Deputy Young Mayor, Tega Agbede, and Islington Youth Councillor Honey Baker, who gave positive feedback for the performance.
We would like to thank the Islington Council Local Initiatives Fund for their support; our patron Namron OBE; Lighting Designer, Neill Brinkworth; Sound Technician, Amina Njalira; Photography team led by Carole Edrich; The Student Support team; City and Islington College; the Executive Team, Nicholas Norman, and Tahlia Gray; the dancers, parents, and the wonderful audience. The event was thoroughly enjoyed by all and we look forward to presenting future performances.
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.
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.
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.
Watch highlights of our showcase, 'Resilience' below:
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
Restec Dance & Raising the Bar performance
Monday 30th November at Stratford Circus Arts Centre - 7.00pm
Come and watch Artistry Youth Dance perform in 'Restec Dance & Raising the Bar'! Following a successful performance in Leeds, the dancers will feature in this exciting platform presented by Newham Sixth Form College. It is an evening of work by young people and emerging artists to commemorate those who are affected by HIV/Aids in Newham, the UK and around the world.
Artistry Youth Dance will be performing alongside other dance groups and professional artists to create a very special event, exploring the human and social impact of the virus. The work presented is in response to wide ranging themes.
Our piece, 'Fracture', was created during a workshop with Phoenix Dance Theatre and their dance artist, Amanda Lewis. The choreography is by Amanda Lewis and Gerrard Martin. The piece also featured in Restec in Leeds on Friday 27th November, presented by Phoenix Dance Theatre.
Don't miss this chance to see Artistry Youth Dance in action!
Tickets are £6 Adults/ £4 Concessions.
Stratford Circus Arts Centre
London E15 1BX
For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit:
We also had the chance to watch the fantastic Phoenix Dance Theatre live at the Royal Opera House. The Company presented a Triple Bill featuring Until.With/Out.Enough by prominent Israeli choreographer Itzik Galili, Bloom by rising star Caroline Finn and TearFall, by Sharon Watson, Artistic Director of Phoenix Dance Theatre.
We had a wonderful evening and the dancers even had the opportunity to meet the Artistic Director, Sharon Watson, after the show.
Have a read of the reviews written by some of the dancers about their thoughts on the show. Click here to see what they thought!
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!