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Artistry Youth Dance present 'Belonging'

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Artistry Youth Dance present, 'Belonging'
End of Year Dance Showcase


Monday 12 August &
Tuesday 13 August
7.30pm

There's one week to go until our end of year dance showcase, 'Belonging'! Tickets are selling fast, so don't miss out! The evening will feature a selection of pieces including work by Kamara Gray, Heather Benson and guest choreographer Sean Graham.  

There will also be a special guest performances from Alethia Antonia, current dancer with the Russell Maliphant Dance Company, and Adanna Lawrence, Contemporary Category finalist for the BBC Young Dancer, 2019 Awards. You don't want to miss it! The event is supported by the Islington Council Local Initiatives Fund.

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City and Islington College Theatre
444 Camden Road
London, N7 0SP

£12 Adults / £8 Concessions

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Meet The Choreographers

Sean Graham - Guest Choreographer

Sean Graham

Graham has choreographed a new piece with the dancers, created specially for the showcase. His recent projects include; Play Director for the Global Black Voices project at the Roundhouse; Lead Creative Director at Young Vic Theatre for Bronx Gothic (response) NT Live project; Dancer with Barrowland Ballet based in Scotland; Choreographer/Movement Director for award nominated touring production “Sweet Like Chocolate Boy” by Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu; Movement Director at the Kiln Theatre.

Alethia Antonia - Guest Artist

Guest Performer - Alethia Antonia

The talented Alethia Antonia will be our guest artist at the showcase, where she will perform an excerpt of her solo, 'Inscribed in Me'. Alethia is a current dancer with the Russell Maliphant Dance Company. Antonia has worked with choreographers such as Sita Ostheimer, Mickael Marso Riviere, Grace Nicol, Lenka Vagnerová, Filip Van Huffel, Matthew Robinson, Victor Quijada, Renaud Wiser, Ihsan Rustem, Hannes Langolf, Mbulelo Ndabeni and Luke Jessop. As a freelance artist, Antonia is currently also a member of Extended Play (Jamaal Burkmar) and Heather Walrond Company.

Heather Star Benson

Heather is a former company member of Dallas Black Dance Theatre II, Urban Bush Women and Philadanco! (The Philadelphia Dance Company), performing the works of Talley Beatty, George Faison, Milton Myers, Christopher Huggins, Ronald K. Brown, Dwight Rhoden, and many more. As well she has taught the Lester Horton Technique and other dance forms around the world whilst touring with Philadanco! In 2013, Heather was an original cast member of The Apollo Theater’s (NYC) James Brown: Get on the Good Foot, featuring works by Otis Sallid, Ronald K. Brown, Camille A. Brown, Thang Dao and Abdel Salaam.

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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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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.

Auditions for new dancers - Sunday 3rd July, 2016

Seeking dancers of African and Caribbean descent, aged 14-19 years to join our vibrant London youth dance company


Sunday 3rd July, 2016

Artistry Youth Dance is providing dancers with a unique opportunity to join us from September 2016! We are a vibrant youth dance company that showcases and celebrates dancers of African and Caribbean descent, aged 14-19 years. We aim to encourage success through dance whilst also promoting cultural diversity within the dance industry.

We offer young people a variety of fantastic opportunities to develop their dance and performance skills:

  • Ballet, Jazz & Contemporary Dance

  • Performance opportunities

  • Workshops with award winning dance companies and choreographers (previous workshops include Ballet Black, Namron, Savion Glover, Anthony Burrell, Mbulelo Ndabeni)

  • Theatre trips to dance shows and events (Ballet Black, Phoenix Dance Theatre, The Scottsboro Boys, Savion Glover, Dutch National Ballet, Memphis musical, The Lion King musical and many more!)

To register for an audition and to learn more, visit: www.artistryyouthdance.com

We are auditioning for our 2015/2016 company on the 5th July, 2015!

Want to join our fantastic youth dance company? Want to participate in great classes, fantastic workshops, and perform at some of London's best venues? Love Jazz, Contemporary and ballet? 

Auditions are on Sunday 5th July, 2015. Click here to register now!

2014 - Year in review

We would like to thank everyone who helped make 2014 an unforgettable year for us. Here's a look back at some of our most memorable moments from the year. Enjoy!

Arts Award Access Fund Recipients!

Artistry Youth Dance is delighted to have been awarded an ‘Arts Award Access Fund’ grant to help deliver the Arts Award in 2015. 

This grant will help to fund activities that the dancers can utilise for their Arts Award qualification. It is an exciting opportunity for the dancers to be a part of.

Arts Award is a range of unique qualifications that support anyone up to age 25 grow as artists and arts leaders. Participants are inspired to connect with and take part in the wider arts world through taking on challenges in an art form. Through Arts Award young people gain a nationally recognised qualification enabling them to progress into further education and employment. Arts Award has five levels, four of which (Explore, Bronze, Silver, Gold) are accredited qualifications on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). For more information about Arts Award visit www.artsaward.org.uk

Fantastic Dance workshops

This term the dancers had a fantastic workshop with the talented Carl Campbell of CCDC7 who led a high energy Contemporary Caribbean dance masterclass. Mr Campbell has been Artistic Director of Carl Campbell Dance Company 7 since 1978 and is one of the UK’s most experienced dance specialists pioneering community based Contemporary Caribbean dance practice. For more information about Carl Campbell visit www.ccdc7.co.uk

The dancers also had a brilliant Contemporary Jazz workshop with Sara Dos Santos, Artistic Director of EIC Dance Theatre. EIC Dance Theatre is an ambitious story-telling contemporary jazz company that explores world issues that not only entertain but also provoke audiences to stand up for positive change. For more information about Sara and EIC Dance Theatre visit www.eicdancetheatre.com

We are grateful to both artists for sharing their knowledge with the dancers and look forward to working with both Carl and Sara again in the future.

Performance at the London Youth Games Finals Festival! Sunday 6 July, 2014

The dancers were invited to perform at the Finals weekend of the Balfour Beatty London Youth Games, Europe's' largest annual youth sport event. This exciting dance festival showcased an array of talented youth dance companies from across London. Artistry Youth Dance were delighted to have been a part of such a brilliant event. The dancers performed their uptempo jazz dance piece, 'Spirit', which was thoroughly enjoyed by the audience. A wonderful opportunity for the dancers to have been involved in.

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!

Fantastic workshop with dance legend, Namron!

The dancers had the unique experience of working with legendary dance artist, Namronin an exciting contemporary dance workshop. The workshop was challenging and fast paced and thoroughly enjoyed by all (including myself!). The workshop was performed with the accompaniment of the fantastic drummer, Charles. Such amazing energy!

Since the workshop, Namron has also been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list! This is a well deserved recognition to his services to dance and I hope to be able to have him back again to work with the dancers. Thank you Namron, OBE!