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.
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).