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Kamara Gray
Artistry Youth Dance

I am an experienced dance artist, teacher and choreographer, having worked extensively in the UK, Australia and Kuwait. I am the Founder and Artistic Director of Artistry Youth Dance, a vibrant youth dance company that supports young people of African and Caribbean heritage. The Company is passionate about empowering young people through creative dance development. My previous teaching includes: Urdang Academy, Buckinghamshire New University, City and Islington College, the Royal Academy of Dance school, and the British Academy of International Arts (Kuwait). As a choreographer and performer, my credits include film, television and live events. I am also on the Board of Trustees for the English National Ballet.

 

Artistry Youth Dance is a London based youth dance company that supports young people of African and Caribbean heritage. We’re passionate about empowering young people through creative dance development. As a Company, we’re leading the way in creating opportunities for young black dancers. Our world class programme offers high quality training and unforgettable dance opportunities with industry leaders and professionals.

My background and experience

Trustee/Non-Executive Director (June 2020 – current)

The English National Ballet

Associate Lecturer in Dance (Academics & Contemporary dance)

The Urdang Academy—OCR Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts: Musical Theatre

Associate Lecturer in Dance (Jazz Dance & Movement in Performance) – Sept 2013 – July 2018

City and Islington College—UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts: Dance/Drama

Associate Lecturer in Dance (Jazz Dance, Choreography, Professional Practice) – Sept 2013 – July 2017

Buckinghamshire New University—BA Hons Dance & Performance; BA Hons Dance & Fitness

Audition Coordinator/ Project Manager (Annual contract)

Universal Studios Japan / Universal Studios Singapore/ Connect Entertainment—London auditions

Dance Teacher (Contemporary, Creative, Tap & Jazz dance)

The Royal Academy of Dance, London – RAD Dance School and the ‘Step Into Dance Programme’

 Head of Theatre / Dance Teacher (Jazz, Tap, and Musical Theatre dance)—Full time Role (Sept 2010 – Aug 2012)

The British Academy of International Arts (BAIA)/ The British School of Kuwait (BSK), Kuwait

Why I started my business

  • After being concerned by the lack of diversity in the dance industry (in particular ballet and contemporary dance), I wanted to provide opportunities to empower and support young black dancers. I am also passionate about developing and promoting diversity in the arts.

  • I wanted to play a role in developing a young person that is prepared, confident and has the tools to succeed in the dance industry.

  • I believe dance is a platform to help young people grow their self-confidence and find and shine their light. I wanted to create an inspiring community that creates a safe space for young dancers to do this, along with the opportunity to explore and develop their talent through a diversity of dance styles.

 

My proudest achievements in business

  • Being nominated for the several industry awards (OneDance UK

  • Successfully applying for and receiving the government’s Cultural recovery Fund grant.

  • Facilitating scholarships to the value of £110 000 for young dancers in 2021 through the AYD100 programme that I developed, which allowed the students to train at the leading dance and musical theatre vocational schools, universities, and conservatoires.

 

I can speak on the following topics

  • Diversity in the dance industry

  • Youth dance and the benefits of dance for young people

  • The benefits of dance

  • Working internationally

  • Setting up a business

  • Engaging young people

  • Creating partnerships

Contact Kamara directly on: 

info@artistryyouthdance.com

 

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