Trailblazers Starters 2015-16
Nathan began his dance career in 2002, training in America, China and Korea learning advanced techniques from world champion breakdance crews. He later worked in the UK in hip hop theatre with Jonzi D and performed at Breakin Convention at Sadler’s Wells as a member of TAG. In 2012, Nathan became an Associate Artist at Yorkshire Dance where he co-choreographed a piece for their 30th Anniversary and toured regionally with two major productions: Bright in the Corner (created in collaboration with South African Dance Company Ushutu) and Marks Set Go (choreographed by Jule La’Ville and filmed by Peter Anderson). Nathan has toured internationally with Sonia Sabri Company with the groundbreaking piece Kathakbox which was nominated for a London Dance Award and, as Artistic Director of Rationale Theatre Company, is currently exploring how psychology can help enhance visually impaired audience’s experience of hip hop theatre.
Yami ‘Rowdy’ Löfvenberg
UK’s First Lady of Funk has over 19 years’ experience in Streetdance and Funkstyles as a dance artist, teacher and hip hop theatre creator. Yami is currently lecturing at the University of East London and has produced and performed for various shows including: the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony, Breakin Convention, Theatre IS, Dare 2 Dance, and Battle of the Year Germany. Yami is a seasoned teacher both in the UK and internationally; with her company Passion and Purpose she curated Project Sonrisa, a community funded project in Colombia where she taught disadvantaged children and local dance teachers. Rowdy’s love, dedication and passion for funk styles across the UK’s hip hop community has earned her place as one of the UK’s ﬁnest dancers and a positive role model for young women.
Rachael graduated from Roehampton University with a BA Honors in Dance Studies and formed Kansaze Dance Theatre in 2011 to create innovative contemporary dance physical theatre that responds to socio-cultural and political themes through collaborating with different art forms. Rachael works as a choreographer, teacher, movement director and assistant director. She has worked with the Young Vic, National Theatre, East London Dance, Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, Big Dance, BBC (working titles films), Sky Arts and is a visiting lecturer teaching choreography at Middlesex University. Rachael gained a Masters in choreography from Middlesex University 2012, and is a 2015 British Council and Arts Council England international development fund recipient to undertake a research, development and documentation project with Ugandan-based Tabu Flo Dance Company.
Commissions include Dance East HOST Festival 2016, Ballet Boys Ignition Festival 2014 & Roehampton University Third Row Dance Company 2013. Achievements include a recipient of Dance UK’s Mentoring Programme 2013/14 & London Hub’s ‘Pitch It!’ bursary 2013.
Shortlists include: Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures Choreographic Award & Choreographic Captures (2011).
South African born London-based dancer, choreographer, teacher, movement director and artistic director at N’da dance. Mbulelo, trained at Dance For All in Cape Town, Khayelitsha. Recipient of scholarships from the David Poole Trust chaired by Harold King to train at the London Studio Centre, from Kristine Elliott for San Francisco Academy of Ballet Summer Intensive, and Kaatsbaan in New York. Mbulelo later joined Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, touring Swan Lake for two years. He danced with Rambert (2007-2014), performing works by Merce Cunningham, Henri Oguike, Barrack Marshall, Christopher Bruce, Itzik Galili and many others, as well as performing as a guest artist with Company Wayne McGregor and Company Chameleon. Mbulelo has created works for the Cape Town City Ballet, ADAD’s Bloom Festival, English National Ballet School, Rambert’s workshop seasons, Cloud Dance Festival, The Print Room, Horniman Museum and movement director at Royal Shakespeare Company’s Hamlet (2016 ). Awarded a place in Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Choreographers and Composers Lab, DanceUK mentoring program ( 2015-2016 ) and recipient of Dancers Career Development fund. After having works presented at many prestigious venues, Mbulelo set up his own company N’da dance, to continue the development of his own work and to collaborate with other artists, fusing the spirit of his African heritage with his life experiences and received Arts Council England Grants For Arts funding for his research and development of ‘NaY’.