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Artists in Residence

IRIE! dance theatre support two Artists in Residence for a period of 2 years. The idea is that artists will be able to work from a supportive base, receiving rehearsal and office space with opportunities to network, receive advice and showcase work. In return the artists contribute to the life of IRIE! by delivering workshops, working with the BA students, and becoming advocates for the organisation. The scheme provides an opportunity for the mutual exchange of creative ideas in a positive IRIE! environment.

Akeim Toussaint Buck and Nicoletta Bonanni were the resident artists for 2018-2020 Read about their time with IRIE! under the Blog section in which they reflect on their practice and the value of the scheme.


Artist in Residence 2020-2022 Rhys Denis and Wadda Sinada - FUBUNATION


FUBUNATION is a London based collective founded in 2017 by Rhys Dennis and Waddah Sinada with the vision of adding to black culture by creating more visibility and representation for dancers of colour in contemporary dance. Their objective is to build more diversity in the audiences that come to theatres and other dance platforms.

Their movement language combines contact improvisation forms with influences of Hip Hop and African dance styles.

Since their debut performance at the Festival of Alternative Theatrical Expression in Croatia 2017, FUBUNATION has been gaining recognition nationally and aims to continue pursuing their journey in encouraging diversity not only in dance but through the arts as a whole.

They aspire to represent their cultural experience as a people in a way which reflects the everyday experiences of all people. Having predominantly worked in film and live performance, the company embraces collaborations across all art forms in order for the work to be accessible to a wider audience. The company is directed by both Waddah Sinada and Rhys Dennis with aims to display rich and honest work driven by the human experience.

A performance company - The industry link with a dance company adds an exciting dimension to the course, through work placements and the development of career pathways.

Independent artists honing their professional practice – You’ll be introduced to a large number of practitioners who will guide you and give you the confidence to network and present yourself to your audience.

A community engagement programme - Based at the Moonshot Centre (the home of IRIE dance theatre), the course brings a unique perspective that’s rooted in the local community.

The course is delivered by IRIE! dance theatre and validated by the University of Roehampton.

The BA (Hons) Diverse Dance Styles programme is IRIE! dance theatre’s flagship course - the first ever BA course in the UK that places equal emphasis on African, Caribbean, Contemporary and Urban dance techniques.

The course Is specially designed to give students the chance to join a creative community that includes:



The first year provides a solid foundation in African, Caribbean, Contemporary and Urban dance techniques, underpinned by information on health, fitness and injury prevention.


Theory will cover the historical and cultural context of each form, through lectures, seminars and research. Choreographic modules will encourage the development of individual movement language supported by the study of recorded and live performance work. Students will be introduced to a range of career pathways.


The second year builds on the foundation of Year 1 while extending technical training through the introduction of a repertory module, looking at key works in the repertoire of current companies.


Creative and leadership skills are developed through a group choreographic project, encouraging independent and collaborative work in preparation for future employment.  You’ll have the chance to make links with professional practice as working methods and key works are explored.  

During Year 2 a Site-Specific Performance will be created in a London landmark. Former sites have included a museum, church, nightclub, market square and park.


The third year focusses on employment options through the performance company, connectingvibes*. The year will be divided into three pathways: performance, arts management and education.


Guest practitioners including choreographers, marketing and teaching experts will work with Year 3 students to promote professional practice, including an online portfolio and independent project. There will be networking opportunities, including the Re:generations conference with One Dance UK.


The course will ensure that graduates are fit for purpose and able to work professionally in a range of contexts including performance, education and community arts. 


  • Level 3 Qualifications

  • 2 A-levels

  • BTEC or UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Course

If your Level 3 qualifications are not in dance you will be expected to have dance experience through a dance studio, CAT scheme, youth group or related avenue. Alternative qualifications/experience may be considered.


Do feel free to contact us if you'd like to find out more information about the course, including information regarding:

  • The amazing opportunities the course will offer you

  • The timetable, including options and pathways

  • Performance opportunities

  • Visiting artists

  • Industry links

  • Funding

  • Student Services, and

  • Accommodation

Ring us on 020 0691 8691 or email


I had never studied African and Caribbean dance before and, despite finding the forms very challenging, the course taught me how to be more confident and committed ...


Applicants must apply through UCAS and the University of Roehampton.

Institution Code: R48
Course Code: W540

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