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.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
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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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'

Thank you for making 'Resilience' a success!

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

'The Scottsboro Boys' at The Young Vic

We went to watch the musical, Scottsboro Boys, at the Young Vic and it was AMAZING! A very emotional story about nine young black boys who get accused of a crime in 1931 in Alabama, USA. It's based on a true story and the dancing and singing from the cast were outstanding. Like true groupies, we even managed to get a few sneaky pics with the cast after the show much to the delight of the dancers.

Here's the blurb from the Young Vic website about the show:

"Kander and Ebb’s exhilarating, dazzling and provocative musical receives its UK premiere, once again directed by Susan Stroman, 5-time Tony Award-winning director and choreographer of The Producers.

1931. Nine black teenagers board a train in Scottsboro, Alabama, in search of a new life. By the end of their journey, their lives – and those of every American – would be changed forever.

Accused of an unspeakable crime, their trial would divide a nation. But behind the screaming headlines was the devastating story of nine young men, desperate to prove to the world that they mattered.

Nominated for a remarkable 12 Tony Awards including Best Musical, The Scottsboro Boys is bold, wildly inventive and a daring modern classic of musical theatre.

Step right up and meet the Scottsboro Boys. Their story will change everything…"