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.
Inspirational. Incredible. Impeccable tap dancer.
On Sunday, 6th April 2014, Artistry Youth Dance attended a tap master class with the renowned tapper, Savion Glover. He taught us that it is not just counting ‘eight and one, two and three’, but starting from the beginning, in order to have structure and a clear mind. When watching Savion Glover tap, you saw the power, determination and precision of his technique, which communicate the message through the sound. It didn’t matter what steps you tapped, but the mattered was, the sound that came out. What he had originally displayed whilst tapping, was the particular nuance within the sound. As he demonstrated this, we watched, listened and counted in order to gauge our own attention on the different steps, but correct sound. The master class presented the opportunity to understand tap and what tapping really is about and how it has descended upon modern day.
By Imani (Company Dancer)
Artistry Youth Dance has been selected as a regional finalist for 'U.Dance', a national youth dance festival organised by Youth Dance England, Sadler's Wells and Trinity Laban. We've been mentioned in this article by London Dance (alongside the other finalists) regarding our selection in this fantastic event! Very exciting!