In recent years IRIE! has commissioned and produced important pieces of research into African Peoples Dance (APD):
The research paper funded by the Arts Council England on the need for a Black dance archive in Britain, and more recently
The Dance and Diversity Research project funded by the National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts (NESTA) and the Arts Council which investigated the place of African and Caribbean dance within Britain’s formal education system.
To access the reports that were published from this research please click the appropriate link below:
As a direct result of the Dance and Diversity research, the research directors Beverley Glean, Artistic Director – IRIE! dance theatre, and Rosie Lehan, Dance Lecturer at City & Islington College and an Independent Artist, were asked to write a Dance Foundation Degree (DFD) where African and Caribbean dance have status equal to ballet and contemporary dance.
The Dance Foundation Degree was written in 2007 and accredited by London Metropolitan University. The program is delivered by IRIE! dance theatre in partnership with City & Islington College and London Metropolitan University. The first students to complete this Foundation Degree program graduated in July 2010.