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Class Description   CLASSES
Verona’s Afrobeats Fusion dance class draws influence from a variety of modern and traditional dance and music styles from the African diaspora including  Nigeria, Ghana, Angola and much more! Verona will take you through your paces working closely with polyrhythms, melodic embodiment,  percussive and rhythmic steps.
 
The word Afrobeats  was invented by political musician Fela kuti during the 1970’s and is a genre of music which describes the eclectic  fusion of African music coming from Nigeria and Ghana fused with Western sounds  such as jazz, RnB and funk
 

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Biography

Verona is a professional Dancer, Teacher, fitness instructor and Choreographer based in London who earned her BA HONS in Dance Performance in 2008 at Middlesex University, her teaching qualification under the IDTA syllabus and is a qualified Insanity fitness Instructor. She is the Founder and Co-Director of Ignition Dance Company which hosts under its umbrella Jamercise Fitness, IDC Dance and performance and CAOS Academy for Youth.  Verona is experienced in a variety of dance styles including Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Latin, Street and Lyrical however when teaching and Choreographing Verona specialises in Street , Lyrical, African:  Kizomba/Semba Kuduro, Afro beats and Caribbean dance styles.

 

Verona has worked steadily as a Teacher since 2007 for various agencies and organisations which has resulted in her working at over a 50 Schools, Colleges, Universities and community clubs. Institutions include Lewisham College, Queen Mary University and Newham College to name a few.

 

Verona was also a former core member of FFI (Director Hakeem Onibudo of Impact Dance Company) whereby she often taught and performed at various events which have recently includedDance 4 Change (Launch), Peckham Pulse, May 2014 (Dancer and teacher), DIVERCITY, Greenwich Dance, April 2014 (Dancer), Harrow’s Laughing, Harrow Arts Centre, March 2014 (Dancer) Live Vibe Make it Happen, Rich Mix, June 2013 (Work experience).

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Latest credits include

Collaboration  with Cindy Claes for her  Badda Beats Thursdays  merging Afrobeats and Dancehall at IA Studios
Step into Dance – Street Dance Instructor (partnership between Jack Petchy an Royal Academy of Dance)

Judge : Soca versus Dancehall club 229
Judge at the new Afro Shock event.
Workshop Leader teaching Afrobeats to over 100 youth at Lincolnshire University for ‘True Motion’
Fitness instructor at Solutions Health and Fitness and the Southbank Club
Part of Team London for Africa Utopia, representing Bboys from Africa, organised by the British Council
Guest Dance Teacher at Impact Dance Youth Summer School and Assistant Teacher at Easter School, Dancer Teacher for Pitanga Dance Company ( Eddy Vents), Katie Pearl (choreographer and Backing dancer ), Afrika Bambaata (Freestyle dancer), Missey Elliott (Support Dancer) Hammersmith Apollo, Craig David (Music Video), Ghost Face Killah UK Tour (backing dancer) and Shy FX (Tour) to name a few.

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Work experience Credits include:

Impact Dance Company Live Vibe: Press Marketing and stage 
InDaHouse (Director, Clara Badjado): Network Administrator
Culteral Co-operation: Network Administrator
BRIT Performing Arts School: GCSE Dance teaching
Union Dance Company: Press and Marketing.

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Contact Information
email: info@veronapatterson.co.uk
instagram: dancingverona
twitter: ignitiondanceco

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  Minimum age: 13

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AFROBEATS Fusion by Ignition Dance Company
General

19.00-20.00
£8                               Studio 1
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