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.
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.
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
Artistry Youth Dance went on our first trip outside of London, taking the dancers to Leeds to perform in ‘Restec 2015’. It was an amazing event led by Phoenix Dance Theatre in Leeds and Newham College (NewVic) in London.
The ResTec platform is part of a series of events across the UK aiming to increase awareness of HIV and AIDS. It was an exciting evening of thought-provoking dance that featured a selection of youth dance companies and professional artists, including the Phoenix Youth Academy. Only 3 groups from London performed in Leeds therefore it was a privilege to have been included in the programme.
The event gave the dancers the chance to perform whilst also meeting other talented young people from across the UK. Opportunities like this are extremely beneficial, offering an insight into the industry and gaining experience of working within a professional environment.
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!
THANK YOU to everyone who came down and watched our showcase, 'Aspire', and also to those who supported from afar. The evening was a sell out success and it couldn't have happened without the encouragement and generosity of our supporters.
The dancers presented a range of dance pieces in Jazz, Contemporary and Cuban dance styles, choreographed by Kamara Gray, Gerrard Martin and guest choreographer Miguel Altunaga. The evening also featured a piece choreographed by the dancers themselves.
Special guest, Namron OBE, was presented as the first patron for the company and was delighted to receive his accolade. The audience included the Worshipful the Mayor of Islington, Councillor Richard Greening and Madame Mayoress Patsy Bradbury who both gave positive feedback for the performance.
Guest Artist, Mbullelo Ndabeni performed a contemporary African piece, 'Beholder of Beauty' alongside the incredible Yamalla Drummers. The evening was thoroughly enjoyed by all and we look forward to putting together future performances.
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The dancers have started work with their first choreographer, Gerrard Martin and it is looking good! Gerrard is an extremely experienced artist and we are fortunate to have him on board. Have a look at his extensive biog here: www.gerrardmartindance.com
The dancers worked with both Gerrard and videographer Charlotte Levy to film sections of their piece, 'In a State of Lack'. The footage will be made into a short dance film. Watch this space for the full dance footage. Until then, have a look at short excerpt of the work filmed.
This year we are launching a fundraising appeal to help fund an end of year showcase for the dancers, entitled ‘Aspire. Scheduled for July, 2015, the dancers will have the opportunity to work with emerging and established choreographers in this unique platform to showcase their talents in a London theatre. It is a wonderful opportunity for the dancers to further develop themselves as performers.
The funds raised are vital to help pay for teachers, choreographers, theatre space and rehearsal studios for this performance project. We need your support!
Any donation whether big or small will make a HUGE difference and your support is greatly appreciated.
To make a donation visit: http://www.gofundme.com/artistryyouthdance
On Saturday 28th February, 2015, the dancers performed at the U.Dance London ‘New Dimensions’ selection event held in the prestigious Clore Ballroom at the Southbank Centre. The dancers did a fantastic job and performed their uptempo jazz dance piece in front of a very receptive crowd. The dancers did a wonderful job and should be very proud of their efforts. Here's a snippet.
Our class trip for this term was to the fantastic Move It exhibition, held at Olympia on the 15th February, 2015. The day was jam packed with amazing dance performances from professional dance companies and leading performing arts schools. They dancers had the chance to visit the many dance related stalls and stands. The group also took part in a musical theatre workshop and a jazz/contemporary dance workshop led by the current dance captain from the Lion King musical tour, Anna Ella Neocel. A great day was had by all!
Dancers finish off the year in elegance and style
On Sunday 20th July, the dancers had the chance to show off what they have been working on during the year at the informal 'Watching Day'. Parents, friends and special guests enjoyed the dancers as they performed an excerpt from their ballet classes (including the hilarious ballet 'dance off') prepared by ballet teacher, Leila Jelassi. The audience then enjoyed the timeless piece 'No Woman No Cry', followed by the emotional contemporary piece 'Strings', choreographed by Gerrard Martin. The afternoon finished with the uptempo jazz number, 'Spirit'. Dancers were presented with certificates acknowledging their commitment to Artistry Youth Dance and the honour of 'Dancer of the Year' was shared by two worthy recipients, Rose Mason and Imani Noveal.
Special guest, Namron, OBE, had this to say about the event "..a most extraordinary and lovely afternoon... I love it."
Here's to the Summer break and I look forward to seeing everyone again in September! Well done everyone!