Artistry Youth Dance present 'Empowerment', a sharing of Dance

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.

Artistry Youth Dance present 'Empowerment'

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/



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!

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!). 

I Heart Ballet Black!

So the Artistry Youth Dance members went to see Ballet Black at the Bernie Grants Arts Centre. It gave the students a great opportunity to watch a professional company that represents and showcases Black and Asian ballet dancers. The pieces were beautiful and we were fortunate enough to have met the Company dancers after the show!