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Class Description

XPRESS YO’SELF

A Hip-Hop Dance Class which had been running for 18 years. Participants learn fresh routines dancing to an eclectic mix of music. We pride our class on a non-intimidating environment.

Come and express yourself!

CLASSES
Minimum age: 11

Monday
Xpress Yo’self

Beginner
18.00-19.00                   Studio 10

General
19.00-20.00
Studio 11
Both £6

Biography

Hakeem Onibudo is a performer, choreographer/director, mentor, British Council ambassador and professional host who began teaching dance in 1995, forming the company Impact Dance. His vocation has enabled him to work with young people, amateurs, semi-professionals and professionals in projects varying from school workshops, TV performances, film premieres and theatre productions, from London to many global communities. Among his portfolio of work he counts a number of prestigious organisations he has worked alongside such as the Sony Pictures Entertainment, Warner Bothers, Columbia Pictures, BBC, Nickelodeon, CH4, Endemol, ITV, The Cosmopolitan Show, The Duke of Edinburgh Awards, The Royal Ballet School, The Royal Opera House, Sadler’s Wells, British Council, and Peacock Theatre to name but a few. Hakeem is the artistic director and host of LIVE VIBE, a performance platform created 10 years ago which has been a resident production at Sadler’s Wells, Peacock Theatre and Rich Mix. The concept was taken to Hong Kong in December 2010 and 2013 and created and produced in partnership with the British Council in Zimbabwe February 2012.

Hakeem regularly hosts Red Carpet Movie Premieres and his credits include: Iron Man 3, The Hobbit, Men in Black 3, Rock of Ages, Fast and Furious 6, The Amazing Spider Man, The Dark Knight Rises, Star Trek, Teen Beach Movie, Man of Steel and The Wolverine.

“Motivate Lead and Inspire”

“I love this class with Hakeem he chooses great music although I struggle he is a great motivator to keep going. Now I love Mondays thank you Hakeem and Danceworks!”Janine Thomas

To read more : 60 seconds interview with Hakeem Onibudo.

 

on Twitter:
@hakeemonibudo

13 October 2016

Hammersmith rising star given £150k boost to make a change in UK arts.

One of the borough’s leading creatives has been awarded £150,000 from the Arts Council to act as a Change Maker, and actively increase the diversity of England’s culture scene, announced today (13 October).

“Born and bred” in Shepherds Bush, multi-talented Hakeem Onibudo is a performer, choreographer/director, MC and mentor.

Through the Arts Council’s Change Makers programme, Hakeem will undertake a training placement at The Place, home of the Contemporary Dance Trust in central London, to activate change in the sector.

The £150,000 bursary will go towards senior leadership training for Hakeem. He will be supported to lead a number of projects with The Place aimed at increasing the number of Black and minority ethnic people who engage with the organisation, whether as audience members, staff, artists or students.

Hakeem began teaching dance in 1995, when he formed the company Impact Dance. He is now the artistic director of LIVE VIBE performance platform, and was made an ambassador for the British Council Cultural Leadership International Development Programme in 2009.

Hakeem said: “Receiving the Change Makers award comes at a pivotal point in my career. The last 20 years have proved I can deliver projects and make considerable change to the sector. But this new partnership with The Place, with its support, expertise and exemplary track record in the dance sector, provides a firm platform for me to further develop my skills and, in return offer my extensive experience to hopefully create new projects and conversations.

“I am very grateful for the support of the Arts Council to further the Creative Case for Diversity. With this Change Makers award I hope to bring lasting change to the sector and shape important interventions for BAME creatives. I hope I can inspire young and old to be the best they can be in terms of leadership and allow the empowerment of many more in future years.”

Change Makers

Hakeem is one of twenty Change Makers: disabled and black and Asian minority ethnic leaders from across the country receiving a total investment of £2.57 million.

Abid Hussain, Director for Diversity, Arts Council England, said: “We’re committed to ensuring the diversity of England is better reflected at a leadership level across the arts and cultural sector. Through our Change Makers programme, these twenty disabled and BME leaders will have an inspiring and transformational opportunity to realise their leadership potential, giving them the confidence and the experience to take their next step into a senior leadership role, helping to shape the future of our sector.”

The Arts Council also announced today an investment of £2.1 million through its Sustained Theatre programme, to support the creation and touring of new plays by black, Asian and minority ethnic theatre makers.

This brings the total amount invested this year through its Diversity programmes to £11.8 million.