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Akosua Boakye

Profile Summary:
Akosua strongly believes that there is a lot to be gained from the fusion of the long-established African and modern dance forms through the path of dance education. This forms the basis of her current research into the work of Germaine Acogny's professional African dance education.

Akosua continues to create new opportunities with the aim of building an infrastructure though her placement and work with first year students at London Contemporary Dance School. She is currently the Cohort Director at Dance United, London Academy.
   
Address:
Dance United
  120 Cromer Street
  London Kings Cross
Postcode:
WC1H 8BS
   
Email:
akosnyarko6489@gmail.com; akosua@dance-united.com
Telephone:
0207 820 1469
Mobile:
07958 714 027
   
Activities:
On-going Classes, Choreography, Workshop, Masterclasses
   
Region:
London
   

Biography:
Akosua Boakye graduated from Roehampton Institute in 1997 with a combined dance degree. She has over eight years of experience teaching contemporary dance in primary, secondary schools, colleges and community settings. In recent years she has been researching and developing her style and movement vocabulary in dance drawn from African and western contemporary dance techniques. Through her investigation of movement Akosua has choreographed works sharing her choreographic expression and the integral aspects of her work through youth dance projects, educational , commercial and professional performances.  She has worked in collaborations with other artist such as Victoria Igbokwe of Uchenna Dance, Alesandra Seutin along with the former in ADiaspora Collective and with Hagit Yakira for Dance United.

Akosua was the director Dance and the for Performing Arts  at Kensington and Chelsea College (KCC) for 7 years where she introduced African Dance Technique into the curriculum. She became an ADAD Trailblazer 2006 and in 2007 she received a fellowship from the New Engineering Foundation for her knowledge transfer project and initiative to deliver and provide progression for Contemporary African Dance through Further Education and Higher Education partnership. In the same year she completed a First Steps to Leadership award with the Centre for Excellence and Leadership Network of Black Professionals.

Currently Akosua is the Cohort Director at the Dance United London Academy.  (www.dance-united.com ).  Works as the Dance and movemet teacher training the Young Simba and Young Nala at the Lion King Cub school and Camp for the stage version of the Disney Theatrical Productions (UK) .  She also continues to teach open classes at The Place ( www.theplace.org.uk )and Danceworks  (www.danceworks.net ).



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