Kenya Dance Academy, Nairobi, Kenya

Kenya Dance Academy, Nairobi, KenyaKenya dance academy has developed a wonderful, caring and nurturing group of teachers who genuinely love what they do. They are very experienced and are passionate about teaching at Kenya dance academy .

The teachers at the Kenya Dance Academy are deliberate about changing lives and leaving clients better than they came in. The Kenya Dance Academy prides itself in providing its students with the best teachers.

All our teachers have extensive dance resumes having danced professionally, some at the highest possible level. However, not only do our teachers possess the technical knowledge and experience, more importantly they also have the ability to teach and have the personality to build relationships and earn the respect of their students.

The Kenya Dance Academy is constantly striving to maintain the highest possible standard of teachers as we recognize that any dance studio is only as good as its faculty. Whilst we recognize the importance of developing our students as dancers, we also recognize the necessity of having fun and nurturing our students love for dance. All our teachers are employed because they share our philosophy of having a balance between hard work and fun in the dance class.

At The Kenya Dance Academy, our teachers believe that success doesn’t come from awards or accolades or the size of the school’s enrolment, it is from making a positive influence in our clients and students life.

K.D.A has a superbly run office and front desk. Organization is a key feature at K.D.A. We have systems in place to ensure that the studio is organized and operates in a smooth and efficient manner. Office staffs are always available when the studio is open to provide a fantastic service and cater to the needs of clients and students.

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Strauss School of Music & Dance, Abuja, Nigeria

Strauss School of Music and Dance, is at the top of the list of top 10 Music and Dance Schools in Nigeria.

Strauss School of Music and dance is located in the beautiful capital city of Abuja, catering to all abilities from beginner to advanced. Courses are both residential and non residential.

Students can aspire to earn graded qualifications in music up to a Diploma, through the London College of Music examinations from the University of West London.

The school is located in a serene development in Abuja’s modern suburb of Maitama. Less than 2 miles from the city centre, the conservatory is easily accessible from all the major districts and school locations.
You’re welcome to visit the Music and Performing Arts school from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m Monday to Friday and up to 6 p.m on Saturdays.

Courses and Programs

At Strauss School of Music we run two academy’s, Senior and Junior Academy, both running full time and part time courses. Our full time Diploma courses have residential option, making it possible to attend from outside Abuja.

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Dance Centre Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya

Dance Centre Kenya, Nairobi, KenyaIn January of 2015 four families, the MacSweens, Plumbes, Dolan/Shaws, and Vaderas came together to establish a new school of dance in Nairobi.  With very different backgrounds and professions these families quickly became unified under the prospect of bringing an international level of training to the children of Kenya.  Professional American ballerina Cooper Rust was brought on board as Artistic Director, and so, Dance Centre Kenya was born.

Since then more than one hundred students have enrolled in DCK, where ballet, tap, jazz, modern, musical theatre and contemporary dance are offered for people of all ages.

From the beginning, there has been a commitment to reaching into the Kenyan community and finding talented students, irrespective of their ability to pay for this training.  Although in its infancy, DCK’s sponsorship program is already affecting the lives of future dancers.

 With a training program based on the Royal Academy of Dance Syllabus and annual examinations, DCK will provide aspiring dancers with more than technical training; our students will have multiple performance opportunities annually to express their artistic prowess and expose Kenya to what ballet and dance is all about.

Girl Rising – Charity Empowering & Educating Girls

Girl Rising uses storytelling to inspire action that gets girls into classrooms worldwide. Educating girls can break cycles of poverty in just one generation, yet millions of girls aren’t in school.

GirlRising_0When girls are educated, communities thrive and economies grow. Yet, an estimated 62 million girls are not in school, and millions more are fighting to stay there.

When girls are educated, they gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to break the cycle of poverty.

An educated girl will marry later, have fewer, healthier children, and will earn more money that she can re-invest in her family and community.

Girl Rising is a global campaign for girls’ education. We use the power of storytelling to share the simple truth that educating girls can transform societies.

Girl Rising unites girls, women, boys and men who believe every girl has the right to go to school and the right to reach her full potential.

TGirl Rising Photo #1he Girl Rising mission is to change the way the world values the girl.

Everything we do is to ensure that girls’ education is part of the mainstream conversation and raise awareness about the issue, inspire action and drive resources to our partners, and together we make change happen.

Girl Rising do this through film and other tools, such as educational and advocacy videos, screening guides and a free standards-aligned school curriculum.

Girl Rising are focused on getting girls in school and are launching in India, the Democratic Republic of Congo and West Africa in partnership with USAID.

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Ballet is for Everyone – New Zealand Dance Charity

Ballet is for Everyone is a non-profit, completely volunteer run, community that provides free ballet lessons for children in Wellington, New Zealand by Emily & Sarah.

ballet-is for-everyone-nzThey believe that dance classes teach so much for than just dance.

.Dance classes are where friendships are made, confidence is built and children gain a connection to their bodies and can express themselves, all while learning that movement can be fun!

Emily is all about empowering, supporting, and caring for mums, and she’s into creating and fostering spaces that support and nurture mothers

She wants a to create a home for all children who need a place that’s safe for them to be who they are. She is a feminist who believes all children should be able to wear tutus if they want to!

Sarah s an ex-dancer who knows first hand how amazing dancing can be for children. Sarah is excited to give kids these opportunities in a low pressure environment where they can be themselves and have as much fun as possible.

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Dance & Ballet Development Projects In Africa

We are committed to educating and inspiring future generations of ballet dancers and audiences in West Africa and we need your help to achieve this.

Africa has shaped the artistic world for centuries especially in the areas of dance and music.

The Gambia Ballet Factory takes pride in these forms of art and is committed to their preservation, development and promotion.

The aim of The Gambia Ballet Factory is to add to this heritage by creating a world-class standard for ballet classes, lessons, courses, training, tuition, performance, education and expression in West Africa.

Make a donation now and help us get the next generation moving!

Our ballet introduction and education program in The Gambia is entirely funded by donations, project grants and philanthropic support.

A tax-deductible donation to the Gambia Ballet Factory will enable our insanely talented ballet teachers to deliver an entire series of weekly classes and experiences for ballet dancers aged 6-18 years that parents can truly value.

 

Fit The Bill

Fit The Bil are an experienced and professional West End theatrical producers with a talented creative and technical team.

Fit-the-Bill1Fit The Bil Provide spectacular  shows for three core markets: theatrical productions, corporate entertainment and for the resort and leisure industry.

 

Creative Development – Fit The Bill develops original ideas and projects for its clients as well as developing its own new projects including a musical and a ballet

General Management – The directors have experience in managing major theatrical projects and love the process of supporting the creative team and delivering results to investors

Tour Development – Creative audience development and strategic tour booking. Working with creatives, arts organisations and venues to develop new products and opportunities

Finance – Raising finance, managing profit margins and maximising ticket sales – putting the business into showbusiness

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The Tiller Girls

The clamour for glamour continues in today’s entertainment world and as variety experiences a resurgence in popularity with a more contemporary feel for today’s audiences, The Tiller Girls deliver breath-taking precision dance, spectacular costumes and a sprinkling of Hollywood allure wherever they perform.

The Tiller Girls were re-launched on The John Bishop Christmas Show in 2013 and appeared as guest stars again for John Bishop’s festive show on 22nd December 2014 on BBC One at 9pm.

Steeped in heritage, today’s Tiller Girls still retain the tradition of the high kicking line up with the focus firmly on precision dance. The choreography includes a nod to the past whilst blending a sprinkling of Hollywood and a soupçon of contemporary to bring this iconic troupe right up to date.

Whilst many may remember the world famous Tiller Girls from their regular appearances on Sunday Night At The London Palladium in the 1960’s and 70’s, few will know that they were originally launched by the creator of precision dance – John Tiller as far back as 1890.

By 1920, John Tiller had eighty troupes performing all over the world from Broadway to Paris, as well as in Hollywood movies for Busby Berkeley.

Today’s Tiller Girls are amongst the most highly trained dancers in the country, with a repertoire that ranges from traditional high kicks, to jazz, tap and ballet all performed with split second precision and all the girls are also accomplished singers.

The Tiller Girls are a great British brand with their dancing feet firmly in the 21st century, despite 125 years of heritage. As one critic said:

“They dance as one woman and what a woman!”

Ballet Film & Movie Festival In Gambia, West Africa

Join us at the Shalom Cafe behind Senegambia Police Station every Tuesday in April from 4.30 –7.00 for Ballet April.

Play a part in our Gambian ballet and dance development projects: Enjoy the elegance & grace of classical ballet at our ballet workshops.

Meet fellow ballet enthusiasts, learn the basic ballet steps & enjoy the greatest ballet movies ever made.

We are happy to receive volunteers, sponsorship, funding or donations of anything involving ballet, dance and the performing arts

Ballet Film Festival In Africa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FCC – Female Choreographers Collective

In recent years, this has been a recurring topic of discussion in Modern Dance: in an industry which is predominately female and in an art form pioneered by women …. where are all the female choreographers?

In a response to the dwindling number of female choreographers receiving regular funding or support in the same league as their male counterparts, we feel compelled to take positive action.

Therefore, we would like to introduce to you the FCC – the Female Choreographers Collective. The sole purpose and mission of this collective is to support, encourage and spearhead work created by female choreographers across the UK.

We seek to make contact with all female choreographers in the UK and organise forums, networking opportunities and platforms to showcase the abundance of female talent currently creating work.

We are also committed to investigating the reasons behind this shift, and we plan to call on all female choreographers who are interested in highlighting this issue to share with us their experiences being a female choreographer in the modern dance industry today.

This issue has been discussed sporadically over the last few years, with Dance Umbrella hosting a forum on the topic in 2009. In this heated debate, everything from childcare to sexualisation and the ego of the male choreographer were thrown into the arena.

Betsy Gregory, artistic director of the dance festival Dance Umbrella, said, “There are loads of women making work. So why are they not progressing? I can’t offer answers, but it could be around women having other creative drives in their lives, like family…”