Who We Are
Artistic Director - Kamara Gray
Kamara is an experienced dance teacher and performer of Jamaican heritage who has taught extensively in the UK, Australia and Kuwait. She was born in Papua New Guinea and grew up in Sydney, Australia where she began studying dance at age 4. Kamara continued her dance training at the Ailey School in New York and Dance World 301 in Melbourne, Australia before moving to London where she completed her teacher training with the British Ballet Organization (BBO).
Kamara has recently returned from working in Kuwait, where she was the Head of Theatre at the British Academy of International Arts, and introduced the BBO tap dance syllabus and examinations to the country. In the UK, Kamara regularly teaches for the Royal Academy of Dance School and their ‘Step Into Dance’ programme. She has also taught numerous workshops and choreographed pieces for schools and youth groups across London. As a performer, her credits include film, television and live events including the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony as a Lead Tap dancer, the MTV Europe Awards and L’Heure Espagnole with the Royal Opera.
Heather Benson - Horton Technique
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 Dance
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.
Gerrard Martin -Contemporary Dance
Gerrard Martin trained at De Montfort University, gaining a BA Hons in English Literature and Performing Arts; he then went on to Northern School of Contemporary Dance and obtained a Diploma in Professional Dance Studies. He has danced with the Rosie Kay Dance Company, and has toured nationally with Tavaziva Dance, Union Dance Company, as well as dancing in the West End ‘Lion King’ production, ‘Ballet Black’, ‘Aletta Collins Dance Company’, ‘State of Emergency’, and ‘Phoenix Dance Company’. Aside from modelling, commercial dance contracts, and film engagements, Gerrard has also danced for ‘The Snowman’, National Theatre, has toured internationally with the ‘English National Opera’, and has performed at the Royal Opera House. Currently Gerrard also teaching and mentoring on the CYD and CAT outreach programme at the Place. Gerrard has choreographed for the British Museum, Pegasus Opera and the National Portrait gallery. The West Bengal Federation of Dance, India commissioned Gerrard’s choreography for ‘World Dance Day’. He created his project-based company ‘Gerrard Martin Dance’ in 2011. Gerrard aims to produce works of emotive and socially relevant dance-theatre; to teach and facilitate creativity through movement, yoga, and dance, and wishes to collaborate and engage with artists across different mediums. He was part of the first cohort of The Kerry Nicholls Dance Mentoring Programme, and is a qualified Yoga teacher .
Leila Jelassi- Ballet
Leila trained at the Ailey School in New York and Institut de formation professionelle Rick Odums in Paris, France. As a dancer her work has included ‘Talking Loud...Saying Nothing’, ‘Shhh...It’s a secret’ with EIC DanceTheatre and English National Ballet, ‘Body of People Dance Company’, ‘Modern Dance Ensemble Company’ (Paris) and ‘Gospel’ with Rick Odums’ Ballet Jazz Ensemble (Paris).