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Portobello Dance Celebrates 25 years

29 Aug 2019

Mark Elie, Artistic Director and Founder of the Mark Elie Dance Foundation and Portobello Dance School (PDS) announces the 25th anniversary of this pioneering dance company that has successfully developed young talent in Notting Hill and across London for a quarter of a century. In addition, at his press conference Mark announced that  “Classically British“ (his box office success for the past sixteen years  also staged by PDS), part of the annual celebration of Black History Month (BHM)  this year takes place on Friday 11 October 2019 at the Tabernacle Powis Sq. The event gives Mark’s Dance Company a chance to showcase their home-grown talent and educate young dancers and audiences about the pioneers who paved the way in Black British and American Dance.

Mark is one of the UK’s most successful classically trained professional dancers having enjoyed a stellar career with some of the world’s leading companies; Rambert Ballet, Lisbon’s Ballet Gulbenkian, and legendary Arthur Mitchell of the Dance Theatre of Harlem.  During his career Mark has worked alongside an array of award winning dancers and choreographers such as Nathan Geering, Brenda Edwards MBE, Noel Wallace, Mbulelo Ndaen, and Namron OBE. However, Mark has been uniquely inspired by the formidable Matriarch of British classical dance Carol Straker, award winning Choreographer, Dancer, Author and  member of the Council of International Dance of UNESCO, and a Fellow of Royal Society Arts (FRSA) and an Assonate Professional Teacher Dancing.