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Heather Benson

Dance of the African Diaspora Projects Manager
One Dance UK
Heather Benson (USA) is a former company member of Dallas Black Dance Theatre II, Urban Bush Women and Philadanco! Now residing in London, Heather teaches Horton Technique for Artistry Youth Dance, the WAC Arts Diploma Programme, and University of Roehampton. In addition to her performance and teaching experience, she supports individuals and organisations as a programme/events manager, strategic consultant and mentor. Currently, Heather works freelance as a Project Manager for One Dance UK, Artistry Youth Dance and Kauma Arts.

www.heatherstarbenson.com

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Mercy Nabirye FRSA WLF

Head of Dance of the African Diaspora
One Dance UK
As well as being the first UK DAD dance representative to be officially appointed on the board of Directors of IABD in LA, Mercy has previously worked as a director of Operations and Finance for Arts Council England’s Creative Partnerships in Kent before starting with One Dance UK.

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Hakeem Onibudo

CEO, Founder & Artistic Director
Impact Dance
Hakeem Onibudo is an influential force within the international dance community. Since 1995, Hakeem has been widely recognised for his significant work as a choreographer, performer, mentor and British Council Cultural Leadership International Ambassador. With reputation preceding him, Hakeem has established himself as a renowned, professional host and MC, working on red carpet movie premieres and other prestigious national and international events whilst also broadcasting his popular MLI-JAM show every Thursday 7-10pm on Colourful Radio. 

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Amanda Spann

Innovation Marketer and Manager
Amanda Spann is an execution strategist, app entrepreneur and business podcaster. Sitting at the intersection of product and promotion, she helps brands take their ideas from concept to creation and then build a buzz around them. Amanda was previously was a co-founder of tiphub, an accelerator and innovation community for entrepreneurs in Africa and the African Diaspora. The Florida State and Georgetown grad has been honored as one of Business Insider’s 30 Most Important Women In Tech Under 30.

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Karen Gallagher MBE

Creative Consultant
Born in Liverpool, Karen trained at the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance in London in the early 80’s then returned to Liverpool to develop dance in a variety of ways. Artistic Director of MDI (1994-2018) she left to set up a freelance career as a Creative Consultant. A Graduant of Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) with an MA in Social Enterprise, Karen received a BMOBO for MDI’s community dance practice and was a runner up for Merseyside Woman of the Year. She received an MBE, awarded for services to dance in The Queen’s New Year Honours List and is an Honorary Fellow of LJMU.

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Thomas F. DeFrantz PhD

Director
SLIPPAGE: Performance, Culture, Technology
Professor at Duke University, specializes in African diaspora aesthetics, dance historiography, and intersections of dance and technology. Books: Routledge Companion to African American Theater and Performance (with Kathy Perkins, Sandra Richards, and Renee Alexander Craft, 2018), Choreography and Corporeality: Relay in Motion (with Philipa Rothfield, 2016), Black Performance Theory: An Anthology of Critical Readings (with Anita Gonzalez, 2014), Dancing Many Drums: Excavations in African American Dance (2002), and Dancing Revelations: Alvin Ailey's Embodiment of African American Culture (2004). https://slippage.duke.edu/

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2Faced Dance

2Faced Dance Company produce innovative, accomplished and breath-taking work which allows us to tell new and original stories, whilst staying relevant to our audiences. The company tours extensively across the UK and internationally working with cutting edge collaborators, organisations and people.

Celebrating their 20th Anniversary from Sept. 2019 – Aug. 2020, 2FD embark of a series of ambitious productions inc: an immersive, theatrical, feasting adaptation of John Masefield’s The Box of Delights, December 2019 & new triple bill EVERYTHING [but the girl] premiering in February 2020.

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Artistry Youth Dance

Artistry Youth Dance is a vibrant youth dance company that showcases and celebrates dancers of African and Caribbean descent, aged 12-25 years. We promote diversity in dance and encourage the achievement of success through dance. Our main dance styles are Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet, and dance forms of the African Diaspora. We provide training and performance opportunities, enabling the young people to advance their skills in dance, and improve their chances of going onto further education and a career in the Arts.

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Axam Dance Theater Experience

Dawn Axam, Artistic Director of AXAM Dance Theatre Experience. A company of choreographers. Welcome movers of all sizes, ages and abilities and disabilities. We use dance to educate, uplift, inspire and connect with diverse audiences. We harness the power of dance, blend cultures, promote healing.

www.axamdte.org

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Ballet Creole

Patrick Parson's founding of Ballet Creole in 1990 brought Black Dance to mainstream Canadian stages, establishing the Company as the forerunner of Black Dance in Canada. Patrick is the recipient of the Entrepreneurial Award of Merit from the African Caribbean Chamber of Commerce, and New Pioneers Award. 

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Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata

Zab Maboungou / Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata is a contemporary dance company unique in the Montreal and Canadian landscape. A renowned choreographer and thinker and performer, the Artistic Director has affirmed her firm desire to produce, on stage and off stage, all her choreographic works, to teach African dance technique, to support training dancers, develop audiences and actively participate in the institutional renewal of art policies.

www.nyata-nyata.org

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Imani Jendai

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Imani Jendai, teacher and performer, has focused on dance culture for more than 20 years.
Imani’s work explores ‘tap-phonics’, percussion; mixing current sounds with hip-hop, afro-beat and jazz. Exploring its complex potential and using it as non-verbal communication.

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Impact Youth

Impact Dance
For nearly 25 years, Impact Dance has motivated, inspired and nurtured young people through hip-hop and street dance. Founded by Hakeem Onibudo, the company has been a leader in the hip-hop, street and youth dance sector since its inception in 1995.

Through dance training, mentoring, creative performances and international projects, we enable young people of all backgrounds - particularly those less privileged and considered 'hard-to-reach' - to develop their creative and life skills, to discover their talent and grow up to be 'fully functioning individuals'.

www.impactdance.co.uk 

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Jim Parris

Guitarist
Jim Parris's career includes touring the world with band Carmel in the 80s, achieving international success. Jim played with African live art ensemble Nzi Dada.

In 2004 composed the score for poet Lemn Sissay’s one-man biographical drama Something Dark. Jim is currently doing PhD research into traditional African art.

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Juel D. Lane

Juel D. Lane is one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch.” He has performed nationally and internationally with Bessie Award winning Camille A. Brown & Dancers. In 2012, Lane became the first black independent Atlanta-based choreographer ever to be commissioned by Atlanta Ballet, choreographing Moments of Dis for the company. He has works on Ailey II and Dallas Black Dance Theatre. Lane’s dance on film,”The Maestro” was featured on AfroPunk.com and recently won Best Music Video at The 2019 Bronze Lens Film Festival. He is the 2019 recipient of Southwest Art Center Young Innovator Award.

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Movement Angol

Francis Angol is the founder and Artistic Director of Movement Angol dance, which produces work that draws from the teachings and practices of dance from the African Diaspora, blended with Western Contemporary dance and underpinned by Somatic practice.

Francis other roles are that of performing artist, choreographer and dance educator, holding the position of Associate Lecturer at the University of Surrey. Additionally, Francis is the Director of Dance at Islington Arts Factory, a creative hub of art, dance and music in the heart of North London where he runs his dance health & wellbeing practice – BodyRhythms. Over the course of his career has produced works that have contributed to the enrichment of British dance culture through the production of a range of training programmes, classes, courses and performance works. Most notably he produced and curated the Flat Feet Dance Festival with the support of the South Bank Centre.

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Munir Zakee

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Nafisah Baba

Nafisah started dancing at the Pamela Howard School of Dance before joining the West London School of Dance. At 16, she was awarded a DaDa and started training at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts where she graduated with Trinity’s National Diploma in Professional Dance in 2015. After graduating, Nafisah joined Chrysalis London under the direction of Jodie Blemings, where she found her love for Contemporary Dance and in 2017, she won BBC Young Dancer. After BBC Young Dancer, Nafisah had the opportunity to work with Kate Prince, Mark Bruce, perform her solos at the Royal Albert Hall as well as at a TedXWomen’s talk in Amsterdam and in the summer, she was also nominated for a Hospital Club Award in the Rising Stars Category, a humbling achievement. Nafisah is a graduate of the online distance education programme BA Professional Practice (BAPP) at Middlesex University. Nafisah then joined Phoenix Dance Theatre soon after as a Guest Artist for the production and tour of ‘Windrush’. Last year she worked and performed with Alesandra Seutin for Reckonings, as part of a triple bill at Sadler’s Wells, as well as in Brussels with Alexis Blake. This year, Nafisah has been performing at the Peacock Theatre in INALA, a Zulu ballet founded by Pietra Mello Pittman and Ella Spira, and choreographed by Mark Baldwin with the tour finishing in Singapore, and she has just finished working on a project with Rambert. She is looking forward to returning to the Royal Albert Hall in October for one last night of INALA, as well as starting rehearsals for Kate Prince’s new production, Message in the Bottle. Nafisah is honoured and extremely grateful to be invited to perform at Re:generations 2019. https://www.instagram.com/nafisahbaba/

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Project X

Project X are a non-profit collectively run artist organisation. We platform dance and performance within the African Caribbean Diaspora in Scotland. Through workshops, performances, artistic opportunities, discussions, screenings, and more, Project X platforms these contemporary and traditional dance forms broadening perceptions and representation. Project X is co-founded and run by Mele Broomes, Ashanti Harris and Rhea Lewis. Project X is collaboration and we celebrate the cross-pollination of identities, ideas and forms.

www.projectxplatform.co.uk

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Tribhangi Dance Theatre

As a noted choreographer Jayesperi Moopen, Artistic Director, has produced work that has been invited to perform in Botswana, Burundi (Department of Arts and Culture), India (Invited by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and Department of Trade and Industry), Sri Lanka, Germany, Mauritius, England, Canada , Sri Lanka , China, and Egypt (sponsored by Department of Arts and Culture) UK (Sampad, Birmingham) Jamaica (Accompanied Minister Mashatile) and Moscow (Provincial Government Event).

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Dickson Mbi

Artistic Director
Dickson Mbi Company
Dickson, studied at Lewisham College and London Contemporary Dance School. A world-renowned dancer in the Hip Hop and european contemporary dance community for his popping skills and for working with award winning companies like Russell Maliphant Company and Boy Blue Entertainment. He was nominated for ‘Best Achievement in Dance’ at the UK Theatre Award, ‘Emerging Artist’, ‘Outstanding Male Performer (Modern)’ at the National Dance Awards Critic Circle in 2017 & 2018 and the South Bank Sky Arts Awards for the ‘Times Breakthrough Artist’ 2018.

www.dicksonmbi.com 

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Serge Aimé Coulibaly

Faso Danse Théâtre
Serge Aimé Coulibaly is a dancer and choreographer from Burkina Faso. He was born in Bobo Dioulasso, and has worked in Europe and the rest of the world since 2002. His inspiration is rooted in African culture and his art is committed to the necessity of powerful contemporary dance, rooted in emotion but always the bearer of reflection and hope. His vigorous expressiveness makes his work universal and finds a response on several continents.

www.fasodansetheatre.com/en/welcome

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A Kikora Franklin

Associate Professor of Theatre/Dance
Pennsylvania State University
Aquila Kikora Franklin is an Associate Professor of Theatre/Dance at the Pennsylvania State University where she teaches West African and Mojah dance techniques and hip hop theatre. Franklin has performed, choreographed and taught in cities across the globe including Linz, Austria, Grahamstown, South Africa, Dakar, Senegal, Minas Gerais, Brazil, throughout China, Europe and the United States. She collaborated with her mother, Terrie AjileAxam, in teaching, documenting, and performing the Mojah Dance form.

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Dawn Axam

Founder & Artistic Director
Axam Dance Theater Experience
Dawn Axam Artistic Director/ Producer - AXAM DTE. A professional dance company of choreographers based in Atlanta. The company's unique style fuses movement, music, visual arts and storytelling into a seamless artistic expression.

Dawn, a choreographer for more than 35 years, BFA - NYU & M.Ed. 2015 Fulbright Scholar. Choreographed and Directed works all over the US and abroad. From concert dance to musicals. We harness the power of dance, blend cultures, and promote healing through innovative collaborations and provocative presentations.

Dance is the UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE OF ALL PEOPLE.

www.axamdte.org 

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Francis Angol

Founder & Artistic Director
Movement Angol
Francis is the founder and Artistic Director of Movement Angol dance, which produces work that draws from the teachings and practices of dance from the African Diaspora, blended with Western Contemporary dance and underpinned by Somatic practice.

Francis other roles are that of performing artist, choreographer and dance educator, holding the position of Associate Lecturer at the University of Surrey. Additionally, Francis is the Director of Dance at Islington Arts Factory, a creative hub of art, dance and music in the heart of North London where he runs his dance health & wellbeing practice – BodyRhythms. Over the course of his career has produced works that have contributed to the enrichment of British dance culture through the production of a range of training programmes, classes, courses and performance works. Most notably he produced and curated the Flat Feet Dance Festival with the support of the South Bank Centre.

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Greyling "Oginga" Love

Master Drummer
Total Dance Dancical Productions
Greyling Oginga Love teaches Drumming and West African Dance. He developed his talents through the Katherine Dunham Performing Arts Center in East St. Louis, Illinois, where he studied and performed as a percussionist, dancer and actor for 15 years. Love continues to perform and tour.

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Robert Solomon

Artistic Director
Jazz-Dance-Theatre
Solomon is an international choreographer, dancer, stage designer and dance teacher He began his career in NYC with Alwin Nikolais and Murray Louis and danced as soloist in Nikolais Ensemble on Broadway; touring throughout USA, Africa, Asia and Europe. Solomon worked with Pina Bausch and other ambassadors of contemporary dance. He taught improvisation, technique and choreography at London School of Contemporary Dance and at the Folkwangschule in Essen,Germany. Also co-founder the Werkstatte.V. (Tanzhaus NRW) in Düsseldorf . Currently he is artistic director of Jazz-Dance-Theatre.

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Terrie Ajile Axam

Founder & Artistic Director
Total Dance Dancical Productions

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Thomas Presto

Founder & Artistic Director
Tabanka Dance Ensemble
Thomas Talawa Prestø is the founder and Artistic Director of Tabanka Dance Ensemble. Tabanka is one of few full time black dance companies in Northern Europe. Thomas is also known for systemising the Talawa Technique a fully codified dance technique based on African and Caribbean movement practices. http://www.tabankadance.com

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Zab Maboungou

Founder
Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata
Zab Maboungou, Compagne de l’Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec, founder of the renowned Zab Maboungou/Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata, a performing and choreographic artist, philosophy professor and author of the book Heya! Poétique, historique et didactique de la danse africaine, has distinguished herself on all artistic and cultural action fronts. Her movement technique, lokéto, is innovative. Nyata Nyata is the laureate of the first Montreal Art Council’s Cultural Diversity Award in Dance. A unique itinerary reflecting the aesthetic with great poetic power. http://www.nyata-nyata.org

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Alesandra Seutin

Artistic Director
Vocab Dance
International performer, choreographer and teacher Alesandra Seutin studied dance in UK, Europe, Africa, Asia and the United States. Alesandra further trained at the École des Sables, Senegal and became a student of Germaine Acogny. Alesandra founded Vocab Dance in 2007. She has created work for Phoenix Dance Theatre, Trinity Laban, 12º North Dance and State of Emergency. Alesandra will be a Guest Artistic Director for the National Youth Dance Company (NYDC) 2020-21. Alesandra is currently working on new work ‘Dear Winnie’ for JR.CE.SA.R, which will tour in Holland and Belgium 2019-2020. 

www.vocabdance.co.uk

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Antoine Marc

Multi Award-Winning content producer and choreographer, engaged in both Live events and Films, developed work that prides itself by being rich in collaborations. In 2015, have received the Van Gogh Award by the Amsterdam Film Festival Jury and the Beoordelen van Comité. Additionally, received the Cannes Global Film Awards at the Red Carpet and Fashion event for Best Music and Best Dance Film in 2016. Honoured by Limelight Award for best new Visual content in 2017. For Best experimental film was awarded the ARFF International award in 2019.

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Bawren Tavaziva

Artistic Director
Tavaziva Dance
Bawren Tavaziva grew up in a rural village near Masvingo in Zimbabwe. At the age of 12 Bawren Tavaziva attended an outreach ballet project with the National Ballet of Zimbabwe at his local community centre. He danced with Tumbuka for five years and toured Africa. He came to England to join Phoenix and Union dance and in 2004 he presented his own choreography and music as a finalist at The Place Prize with a deeply moving quintet entitled Umdhlalo Kasisi, in memory of his sister who sadly died of HIV. After this, Bawren formed his own company and became Artistic Director of Tavaziva Dance.

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Dance Consortium

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Denzil Barnes

Co-Founder
INNER-MINDS-EYES
INNER-MINDS-EYES is a duo company which British Caribbean performance architect Denzil and Japanese dance artist Aoba have established since 2009.Their artistic directions/approach is to challenge what performance is; fusing their strong embodiment of their own cultural backgrounds into new forms of dance art.

Denzil trained at City & Islington College, gained BA Joint Honors in Performing Arts in DeMontfort University, Bedford. Spearheaded 'Rawskills',a pilot project funded by NewDirections.

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Gerrard Martin

Artistic Director
Gerrard Martin Dance
Gerrard Martin trained at De Montfort University and the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. He is a dancer, choreographer, movement director and yoga teacher. Credits include Rosie Kay Dance Company, 'Tavaziva Dance', Union Dance Company, the West Ends ‘Lion King’, ‘Ballet Black’, ‘Aletta Collins Dance Company’, ‘State of Emergency’, ‘Phoenix Dance Company’, ‘The Snowman’, the 'National Theatre', the ‘English National Opera’, and the Royal Opera House. Gerrard is a guest teacher at the Place, and an associate lecturer. He created his project-based company ‘Gerrard Martin Dance’ in 2011.

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James Williams

The Motion Dance Collective
The MDC was founded in 2011 by director and choreographer Omari 'Motion' Carter. The company have gained worldwide recognition for producing thought-provoking work combining dance, digital arts, and film. Several MDC films have been screened across the UK and internationally at both dance-film and mainstream film festivals including, Loikka Dance Film Festival (Helsinki), Cinedans Dance on Screen festival (Amsterdam) British Urban Film Festival (London), Lightmoves Festival of Screendance (Limerick) and most recently the San Francisco Dance Film Festival.

http://www.motiondancecollective.com

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Kendra Horsburgh

Co-Founder
Birdgang Ltd
Kendra Horsburgh is a trailblazing female creative leader and movement architect. She is co-founder of BirdGang Ltd, a leading Hip-Hop theatre dance company and has worked around the world since 2005. Kendra is fluent in many genres of movement and narrative, catering for Theatre, Stage and Film.

Credits Include: Romeo & Juliet (West End), Dennis and Gnasher (UK tour 2020), Flirty Dancing (Channel 4), Jungle Book (UK tour), Blaze The Dance Sensation (World Tour), Dynamo’s The Power of X, Bring The Noize (SKY 1), The Pain Killer by Kenneth Branagh (Garrick Theatre), Diversity’s Limitless (Arena tour) and Into The Hoods (Royal Festival Hall). Street Dancer 3D (India), Harry Hill the Movie (UK). The Aviary (British Council Sri Lanka) and NOX360, the first immersive tech/dance collaboration in the Hip-Hop sector.

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Khadifa Wong

On the Rocks Films
Khadifa trained at London Studio Centre and after 10 years as a dancer moved to New York to study acting. On her return to London, Khadifa realised her true passion lay behind the camera and Rollacosta Productions was formed to help increase diversity on both sides of the camera. Khadifa returned to NYC to write and co-produce The Woman Who Knocked On My Door (Best Indie Short, LA Film Awards) with Finelight Films. Since then, Khadifa has produced 3 multi award winning short films and directed her second short, The Walthamstow Incident. Uprooted is her feature-length directorial debut.

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Omari Carter

Director & Chroeographer
The Motion Dance Collective
The MDC was founded in 2011 by director and choreographer Omari 'Motion' Carter. The company have gained worldwide recognition for producing thought-provoking work combining dance, digital arts, and film. Several MDC films have been screened across the UK and internationally at both dance-film and mainstream film festivals including, Loikka Dance Film Festival (Helsinki), Cinedans Dance on Screen festival (Amsterdam) British Urban Film Festival (London), Lightmoves Festival of Screendance (Limerick) and most recently the San Francisco Dance Film Festival.

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S. Ama Wray PhD

Wray is a dance artist-scholar, leading with dance to engage with music, theatre, academia, and technology, and after 30 years uncovered “Embodiology”, shaping the foundations to the practice and study of improvisation through contemporary African and the diasporic performance. She is also the custodian of Jane Dudley’s solo, Harmonica Breakdown (1938). As founder of JazzXchange collaborators have included: Wynton Marsalis, Bobby McFerrin, Gary Crosby, OBE, Zoe Rahman, Julian Joseph, OBE, and Derek Bermel. Her work continues across three continents. She is an Associate Professor of dance University of California, Irvine. http://Embodiology.com

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Thea Barnes Legacy Fund

The Thea Barnes Legacy Fund (TBLF) is a donor supported independent fund established in 2019 and launched on 12 August 2019 to support individuals in creative areas that reflect Thea’s interest in arts and academia. Interests include: Dance & Performing Arts Academic researchers in arts and creative industries Mentoring / guidance for those in arts and creative industries The fund is established with donations given in memory and in support of Thea Barnes’ legacy, by people known to Thea and advocates of the creative industries. https://www.theabarneslegacyfund.com/

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Yu Tamura

Freelance Dance Theatre Practitioner
The foundations of Yu’s work encompasses a wide range of theatre and dance training. She holds a diploma in Community Dance from Trinity Laban and a recipient of the Asia Fellowship award program 2017. She has performed extensively at International Theater and Dance festivals including Festival Teatro Alternativo (Columbia), Encuentro de Mujeres (Ecuador), Theater Festival La Plata (Argentina), Bangkok Theater Festival (Thailand), FMK Dance Festival (Laos). Her workshops are unique, bringing together the creative theatre arts approach, community dance and bodywork (Yoga, Katsugen Undo).

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'Funmi Adewole PhD

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Adesola Akinleye PhD

Senior Lecturer
Middlesex University
Dr. Adesola Akinleye is a choreographer, dancer - artist-scholar. She is a Theatrum Mundi Fellow and a Senior Lecture at Middlesex University.

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Alexandrina Hemsley

Alexandrina Hemsley (UK) is a dance artist and writer. Her practice is shaped by and insists on embodied enquiries into a multiplicity of voices expressing felt and embodied politics. She works across the morphing disciplines of live art, dance, dance for camera, theatre, mentoring, creative and critical writing. She is interested in liminal spaces, connectivity, fracturing, displacement and emotionality. It is a life-long project.

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Aminah Namakula

Dance choreographer, teacher/instructor, adjudicator of experience in Dance Art Works with Ndere Dance Troupe(1986-Date), Brooklyn Academy of Music-New York and others. 

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Andrew Hurst

Chief Executive
One Dance UK
Well known in the dance sector, Andrew has previously danced with Nederlands Dans Theater and worked with Phoenix Dance Theatre.

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Ann Williams

Founder
Dallas Black Dance Theater
Ann M. Williams founded Dallas Black Dance Theatre in 1976. She is a founding member of the Dance Council of North Texas, the Advisory Board of the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and The International Association of Blacks in Dance.

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Baff Akoto