The next Re:Generations conference is scheduled for 6-8 November 2014.

The theme/title for this year’s Re:Generations international dance conference is Re:Generations – Rethinking the Past to Re-imagine the Future.

The 2014 Re:Generations will be hosted by Pavilion Dance South West and delivered by the ADAD (Association of Dance of the African Diaspora), IRIE! dance theatre and De Montfort University.

The keynote address for Re:Generations 2014 will be delivered by Zab Maboungou, Choreographer/Dancer/Director of Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata & Professor at Montmorency College, Montreal. Zab Maboungou is also the author of “Heya Danse! Historique, Poetique et Didactique de la Danse Africaine”.

The organizers of this dance conference are currently calling for submission of expressions of interest from artists wishing to contribute to this dance conference. Contributions can be in the form of a talk, lecture demonstration, film, class, etc. but must be focused on this year’s Re:Generations theme, i.e. Rethinking the Past to Re-imagine the Future.

Proposals must also be aligned with the themes of:

  • histories of British-based dancers who are Black
  • evolution of African dance and music forms in the Diaspora
  • generational dialogues
  • connecting Dance of the African Diaspora internationally
  • Africa and the Caribbean in British dance
  • pedagogy / education – new approaches to teaching Dance of the African Diaspora in the FE and HE sector

The deadline for submissions is Friday 30th of May 2014. Submissions will be accepted by email only. Please direct emails to with the phrase “Re:Generations 2014″ in the subject line.

You can read the full Re:Generations Call for Papers document below:





Fitness to Perform

Sheba Montserrat Productions will be offering a new course called Fitness to Perform, a dance fitness program for adults, which will run from 7:00-8:00pm on Wednesdays for 10 weeks starting Wednesday 12th March. The course ends on Wednesday 14th May and there will be a performance by the participants of this course on Thursday 22nd May.

This course is suitable for individuals of all levels and abilities and offers individuals the opportunity to develop their body with a fun workout and share new skills developed with a performance.

The course takes place at Islington Arts Factory, 2 Parkhurst Road, Holloway N7 0SF.

For more information call Sheba 07730 469 713.

Alternatively, use the Contact Form below to send an email.

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Stand Up 'N' Speak Loud

IRIE! dance theatre will be hosting a new showcase for young people aged 12-21 years called “Stand Up ‘N’ Speak Loud Showcase” on from 7:00-9:30pm on Friday 31 January at Moonshot Centre. The host for the evening will be Jacob Sakil, former Young Mayor of Lewisham.

Stand Up ‘N’ Speak Loud was created to provide a platform for young people to express themselves and their views on themes that are relevant to them using the spoken word, dance, music and or theatre. The theme for this showcase is “Youth Unemployment” – an issue of great concern to young people in the area and one which the organisers of the event Dejon Anaughe and April Taylor believe that young people will be very vocal about.

The showcase provides a unique opportunity for young people, whether they be singers, rappers, dancers, actors or poets, to express their views on a topic which has both local and national significance. It is hoped that the Stand Up ‘N’ Speak Loud event will also help to boost young people’s confidence and socialising skills.

Groups already scheduled to perform include iCon, Capa, Afrika Dance Group and Possession Dancers. Plus there will be other special guest appearances. All performances will relate to the topic of the evening “Youth Unemployment”.

Dejon Anaughe, an IRIE! dance theatre Apprentice and Events Coordinator of the “Stand Up ‘N’ Speak Loud showcase says:

“I am really happy to have had the opportunity and support to plan this platform. It is a perfect opportunity for young people, like me, within our community to have a place to perform their talents to friends, family and possibly even enhancing career connections. It is also the opportunity for our young people to get involved in discussions on topics, which they feel strongly about, with the final aim to make a change. Our young aspiring performers are promised a lot, very rarely with an end product, being a former singer living the borough my aim is to deliver the dreams that were once promised to me. With that came this inspirational talent showcase.”

April Taylor, IRIE! dance theatre Apprentice and Events Coordinator for the Stand Up ‘N’ Speak Loud showcase says:

“It is providing a positive platform for talented young people in the Borough of Lewisham to express their talents. Stand Up n Speak Loud showcase is important to me because it is something that is wanted in the Lewisham Borough from young people, so it’s great to be able to deliver what the young people in Lewisham want.”

Tickets for the event are £3 in advance or £5 on the door.

If you are interested in taking part, would like to attend the event or you’d simply like more information please contact Dejon Anaughe, Marketing and Publicity Apprentice, or April Taylor, Apprentice Administrator on 020 8691 6099.

Alternatively, use the contact form below to send an email:

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AGM Invitation - 29 January 2014

IRIE! dance theatre’s 2014 Annual General Meeting (AGM) is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 29 January 2014 from 6:30-7:00pm.

The meeting will take place at Moonshot Centre and light refreshments will be served.

There will be a performance by the connectingvibes* dance company and theDance Foundation Degree students following the formal meeting.

If you’d like to attend this AGM please contact us either by calling 020 8691 6099 or by sending us an email using the Contact Form below:

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Season’s Greetings

by admin on 23 December 2013

in General News, Special Announcements

Merry Christmas from IRIE! dance theatre

From everyone at IRIE! dance theatre we hope you have a very peaceful and happy Christmas! Thank you for your support throughout 2013.

Please note that IRIE!’s offices will be closed until Monday 06 January 2014.

And please remember to take extra care if travelling while the weather is so inclement. Be safe!





UNIQUE – An Evening of Music, Dance and Spoken Word

4 November 2013 *connectingvibes

IRIE! dance theatre and the Midi Music Company have joined forces to present “UNIQUE” a special evening of music, dance and the spoken word at Blackheath Halls on Sunday 01 December at 7:30pm. UNIQUE is a special event to celebrate the success of IRIE! and Midi Music Company – two youth arts charities based in […]

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ACE dance and music Preview “Mana – The Power Within”

25 October 2013 African Dance

ACE dance and music, one of the UK’s most enduring and highly-respected touring contemporary dance companies, will preview their new work at The Place, 17 Duke’s Road, London, WC1H 9PY, on Saturday 2nd November 2013 at 8:00 pm. “Mana”, a word used in over 24 languages. It unifies beliefs, cultures and ages and is the name given […]

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LOVE2Dance Street Dance Competition

9 October 2013 Performance

Lewisham Homes is currently inviting young people to enter its “LOVE2Dance Street Dance Competition”. This competition is open to young people aged 8-18 years living in the London Borough of Lewisham. To enter young people simply need to film a one-minute dance-off on their mobile phone and email the video to Deadline for entries […]

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