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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.