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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.

Address:
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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AYD100 - Register Now!

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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HAPPY NEW YEAR from Artistry Youth Dance!
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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
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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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Callyfest - Bus Stop Dance Floor

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. 

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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! 

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/

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!

Auditions for new dancers - Sunday 2nd July, 2017

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

‘ +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.

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.

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