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Happy New Year from Artistry Youth Dance!

 
We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy New Year! As we look forward to the year ahead, we also reflect back on a fantastic 2018. In 2018 we celebrated our five year anniversary and thank everyone who has contributed to our success. We are grateful for your continued support, and wish you a year ahead filled with prosperity, success, happiness, and lots of dance! 2018 saw Artistry Youth Dance work with an incredible roster of dance artists, teachers, choreographers, dance companies, and creatives. Our students also had some great individual achievements. Below is a recap of some of our accomplishments, which we hope you enjoy reading. We look forward to connecting with you in 2019!

Best wishes,


Kamara and Artistry Youth Dance
Artistry Youth Dance

DANCE CLASSES AND MORE!


We have had an amazing programme of dance in 2018. There have been a total of:

  • 154 classes and workshops, totalling 262 hours of dance!

AMAZING TEACHERS

The dancers have worked with an amazing team of teachers for their regular weekly classes. There have been 4 regular teachers:

  • Kamara Gray
  • Heather Benson
  • Mbulelo Ndabeni
  • Myriam Tsehay

We’ve worked with an additional 14 dance artists, companies, creatives, and choreographers:

  • Brandon Lee Sears (credits include: Motown Musical UK, Heathers Musical, Come From Away Musical)
  • Urdang Academy
  • Hakeem Onibudo/Impact Youth Dance
  • Lorena Perez Lira (Cinematographer)
  • Brandon Lawrence (Birmingham Royal Ballet)
  • Arts Educational School London
  • Bianca Boyce (Life Coaching, Motivation)
  • Elsabet Yonas (Summer Dance Intensive)
  • Sarita Piotrowski (Summer Dance Intensive)
  • Adam Parson (Guest Choreographer – Summer Dance Intensive)
  • Alesandra Seutin (African Contemporary – Guest Choreographer, pictured)
  • Jeroboam Bozeman (Current dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, pictured)
  • Vicki Igbokwe/Uchenna Dance company
  • Carole Edrich/ 'Dancegr.st' (photographer)

STUDENT SUCCESS


We’ve worked with 22 young people through our regular youth dance company programme, and delivered workshops and events for an additional 100 people. Our students have also had some brilliant successes, including:

Monique Ademilola – London Contemporary Dance School, BA Honours Contemporary Dance
Analeise Auguste – London Contemporary Dance School, BA Honours Contemporary Dance
Alexzandra Barnes – Urdang Academy Diploma in Professional Dance with full funding from a Dance and Drama award (DADA)
Kendra Chiagoro-Noel – National Youth Dance Company 2018/2019 / Shift Youth Dance Company
Aaliyah Dawkins – Unconditional offer for Uxbridge college (Dance and Production) / Ballet Black Associates programme
Elizabeth-Rose Esin Kelly – Guilford School of Acting (Musical Theatre) / Shift Youth Dance Company
Adanna Lawrence – Round 2 (final 15) – BBC Young Dancer of the Year, Contemporary Dance category

PERFORMANCES


We have performed at, and been involved with 12 events, performances, and projects, including:
  • Dance/Fashion Filming Project with Lorena Perez Lira
  • Mixin Media at The Place
  • Tune-D In Project at The Place
  • CallyFest Bus Stop Dance Floor
  • Jamaican High Commission - Youth Forum
  • ‘Fearless’ - End of Year Show
  • Africa Centre Summer Festival
  • Summer Dance Intensive, part of Islington Council's Summer 'Launchpad' activities
  • ‘Fresh’, at The Place
  • ‘Hansel and Gretel’ by Uchenna Dance (led by Vicki Igbokwe), at The Place (pictured)

GROUP TRIPS


There have been 9 Group Trips to see shows, events, and performances
  • Ballet Black
  • Move It
  • Hamlet by the Royal Shakespeare Company
  • National Youth Dance Company (Sadler’s Wells)
  • Phoenix Dance Theatre at the Peacock Theatre
  • Rambert Dance School Summer Show at The Place
  • Urdang Summer Show at the Shaw Theatre
  • ‘Reckonings’, a triple bill featuring work by Julie Cunningham, Botis Seva, and Alesandra Seutin, at Sadler's Wells (pictured)
  • Motown the musical

COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS


We’ve been involved with 2 collaborative projects
  • Tune-D In Project with Youthsayers youth music company, produced by Hakeem Onibudo (pictured, photo credit: Alicia Clarke)
  • Fusion Project with Urdang Academy and Impact Youth Dance
Here's wishing you a wonderful year ahead!
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Happy Birthday to us!

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! 

Tune-D In Performance - The Place, London

We took part in a fantastic project with youth music company, Youthsayers to create a piece for 'Tune-D In'. the project was a brilliant initiative led by producer, Hakeem Onibudo, and culminated in a performance at the The Place in London on Saturday 7th April, 2018. Our dancers worked alongside the talented musicians of Youthsayers, who created an original track for the piece. Choreographed by Company dancer, Jasmine Tripp, in collaboration with the dancers, the young people performed an emotional piece inspired by the residents of the Grenfell Tower. A huge thanks to the team at Youthsayers, the incredible musicians, and the wonderful dancers. All the students involved did an incredible performance, and we look forward to more collaborative opportunities in the future.

Performance - One Dance UK Dance Teaching & Participation Conference (Saturday 25th November)

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We will be performing at this year's One Dance UK Dance Teaching & Participation Conference on Saturday 25th November. We will be performing our piece, 'Awaken by Night', choreographed by Heather Benson. It will be an exciting event that combines key notes, discussion, practical workshops and research presentations to update, up-skill and uplift the dance teachers both within and outside of the formal education sectors. It will also have tailored content for those that organise or manage dance learning and participation programmes with dance companies or venues.

Drawing upon the work of leaders in dance education and youth dance settings, the conference will be a great place for everyone to network and learn about what’s happening in dance teaching across England.

The evening performance will take place at 6pm at Trinity Laban. For more information about the event, and to book tickets, visit: http://www.onedanceuk.org/event/one-dance-uk-conference-season-2017/

Artistry Youth Dance members chosen as One Dance UK Dance Ambassadors!

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.

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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/

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 

Welcome to our 2017 teachers!

This term we have a fantastic line-up of teachers working with the dancers!

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Damien Johnson—Guest teacher (ballet)

Damien was born in Dallas, Texas and received his training from Etgen-Atkinson School of Ballet and  the Booker T. Washington School of the Arts. He then studied on a full scholarship at the School of American Ballet. In 2002, Damien joined the American Repertory Ballet and then the Dance Theater of Harlem Ensemble in 2003. He first joined Ballet Black in 2005 before moving to Los Angeles Ballet in 2008. Damien returned to Ballet Black in 2009. As the longest serving member of Ballet Black, Damien has been featured in many Company works by choreographers that include Irek Mukhamedov, Liam Scarlett, Richard Alston and Javier de Frutos, and created the title role of Orpheusin Will Tuckett’s 2011 production for Ballet Black. He created the roles of The Lover in Christopher Hampson’s Storyville (2012), The Soldier in Christopher Marney’s War Letters in 2013, Oberon in Arthur Pita’s Ballet Black production of A Dream Within a Midsummer Night’s Dream (2014) and The Ruler in Second Coming (Mark Bruce in 2015). Damien is also a sought-after teacher and is Ballet Master for the Ballet Black Company and Associate Programme.

Heather Benson—Horton Technique

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 Heather trained with Norma’s Academy of Dance, The Atlanta Ballet Centre of Dance, Total Dance and Dancical Productions. She received a B.F.A. in Dance from The Florida State University and went on to become a professional dancer for a multitude of companies: Dallas Black Dance Theatre II, Urban Bush Women and Philadanco! (The Philadelphia Dance Company). In 2013, Heather was an original cast member of The Apollo Theater’s (NYC) James Brown: Get on the Good Foot and now resides in London. Heather continues to teach Horton Technique weekly at Danceworks and serves as a resident instructor for Artistry Youth Dance and Transform! Dance and a guest tutor for the WAC Arts Diploma Programme. Heather’s class brings excitement and dynamic musicality to the Horton technique! 

Mbulelo Ndabeni—Ballet/contemporary

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Originally from Ugie, South Africa, Mbulelo Ndabeni is a London-based dancer, choreographer, movement director, teacher, founder and director of Mbulelo Ndabeni | N'da dance. One Dance UK/DAD Trailblazer 2015-2016, One Dance UK mentoring Programme 2015-2016, Phoenix Dance Theatre's Choreographers and Composer's Lab 2015 and recipient of Dancer's Career Development fund.

Mbulelo trained in Dance For All, Khayelitsha in Cape Town, London Studio Centre, San Francisco Academy of Ballet and Kaatsbaan, New York.

Mbulelo Ndabeni has performed with companies such as Rambert, 'Henri Oguike, Merce Cunningham, Itzik Galili, Mark Baldwin and Christopher Bruce', Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake, Cape Town City Ballet 'Veronica Peaper, Sean Bovim and Rudy Van Danzig', Cape Dance Company 'Christopher Huggins', Company Chameleon 'Anthony Missen', Longborough Festival Opera 'Didy Veldman' and Company Wayne McGregor. In doing so, Mbulelo has gained valuable experience and skills over many years of working with the top U.K companies and organisations including the Royal Shakespeare Company as well as award winning international artists such as ladysmith Black Mambazo and Goshka Macuga.

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!

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'

‘ +Push’ Performing Arts Festival

Brit School, Croydon

23rd March. 2017

Artistry Youth Dance

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.

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.

Mannequin Challenge

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.

Volunteer work experience role - Administration and Fundraising (3-6 hours per week)

We're excited to be looking for an administration and fundraising volunteer to join our team! Is it you?

This is a volunteer work experience role, with an immediate start. During this period the chosen candidate will engage in a range of administrative tasks, as well as receive training in fundraising and grant writing. They will also develop skills in correspondence, communications, and social media management. The role is for 3 - 6 hours per week for six to twelve months (flexible).

This exciting opportunity would suit an Arts administration, Arts management, Cultural Policy, or Dance student/graduate.

To apply and to learn more, please email: info@artistryyouthdance.com

Please note that this is a training opportunity and not a job. This is an unpaid, volunteer role for an immediate start.

We look forward to hearing from you! 

Meet and greet with dancers from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater!

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.