Making Tracks is IRIE! dance theatre's professional development program for undergraduates, mid-career and professional practitioners. The programs offered through Making Tracks are designed to meet the professional development needs of individuals training and or working in the African/Caribbean dance sector and creative industries. Programs include master classes, summer schools, dance platforms, debates and more, all led by experienced industry professionals and academics. Making Tracks with Shelley Maxwell Coming ...
Pilates Classes at Moonshot Centre Pilates classes at Moonshot Centre take place on Wednesdays from 7:00-8:00pm with Fitness Instructor and Pilates Tutor, Nickolove Lovemore. Classes take place in a large dance studio which has natural light. High quality yoga mats are provided but feel free to bring your own mat if you have one. Pilates enhances your body awareness and helps you increase your muscular strength and flexbility while improving ...
Four Stages - a quartet of dance by IRIE! dance theatre featuring the colours Red, Gold, Green and Black.
Saturday Morning Dance Classes for Young People
A3 Dance Company in partnership with IRIE! dance theatre are delivering Saturday Morning Dance Classes for Young People. The sessions are open to Children & Young People aged 5-16 and run from 10:00am-12.30pm. The sessions will be packed with Urban Fusion dance styles, including Street, Caribbean, African and Contemporary Dance movements. Young people will have the opportunity to: Learn a range of movement styles Learn how to create dancers Perform ...
IRIE! dance theatre is Britain’s leading dance theatre company working in the field of African & Caribbean dance fusion. Founded in 1985 by Beverley Glean with the principal aim of heightening the profile of Black dance in Britain, the company set out to create a repertory of works reflective of the African Caribbean influence on the Black British cultural experience.
Naturally, since its inception, the company’s aim has evolved and our Mission can now be expressed as follows:
To deliver and sustain a range of creative, educational and artistic activity based on stimuli derived from Africa and the Caribbean, the company promotes culture and diversity through training, outreach, performance and inspired partnerships.
And our Vision is as follows:
Our vision is an environment where African Peoples Dance (APD) is fully integrated into the teaching and practice of the wider dance agenda, making the form important to individuals, communities and society.
IRIE! dance theatre subscribes to the definition of APD as:
“That which draws its main influence, sensitivities, means of experience and technical base from the cultural heritage of Africa and the peoples of Africa living in the Diaspora.”
KWE & A, Time For Change. ACE Report, 2000.
Our Values and Principles
We believe that the work initiated and developed by IRIE! can transform the lives of individuals and communities. Our work is based on a set of core organisational values and principals that are about:
- Respect & Partnership
- Education & Creativity
- Diversity & Inclusion
- Access & Quality
We believe that:
- Dance can transform peoples lives, its value and benefits makes this social and art form one of the most important participatory activities for individuals, communities and society.
- Partnership and collaboration builds strong relationships, encourages greater involvement and strength of voice.
- Placing diversity and inclusion at the heart of what we do contributes positively to the individuals’ sense of equality, has the potential to reduce fear, build friendship, respect and understanding of others.
- Respecting everyone’s right to access quality informal and formal experiences in dance provides positive input to broader social, educational and creative opportunities.
- Access to excellence, quality and enjoyment in participation contributes positively to people’s health and wellbeing as well as their personal motivation and social relationships.
- Providing educational and creative opportunities for individuals and community involvement will lead to enriching lives and more community participation.
- Each individual has unique abilities, capabilities and gifts.
IRIE! is based at the Moonshot Centre in Fordham Park, New Cross, South East London. Moonshot is a refurbished community centre, with two large dance studios; changing rooms equipped with showers; a library and archive space; cafeteria; teaching and meeting rooms among other facilities.
IRIE! aims to make Moonshot an exhilarating and fascinating place for the local community and professional artists to learn about dance and its diverse nature, and how we can all benefit from taking part.
The company’s musical orientations are drawn from African and Caribbean traditional drumming and percussion, Reggae and Ragga, Calypso and Soca.
Since it was founded, the company has created over 25 dance works for touring nationally and internationally, worked with thousands of young people in a variety of settings and has collaborated with a diverse range of organisations and institutions offering the value of its expertise and experience.
IRIE! dance theatre is both a registered Charity and a Company limited by guarantee.
IRIE! dance theatre’s patrons are:
- Nii Yartey – Senior Research Fellow and Artistic Director of the National Dance Ensemble of Ghana, and
- Benjamin Zephaniah – Esteemed Poet and Writer awarded honorary doctorates from 6 Universities in the UK.