Trailblazers Starter 2017-18: Iris De Brito
Originally from Angola, Iris trained at the Lisbon’s conservatoire for music & dance, completed her dance studies at The London Studio Centre, and trained intensively with the late William Louther Dance Theatre. A dance practitioner since 1995, she is currently working and researching Afro –Luso dance styles. As a performer Iris has had a diverse career working in the commercial sector, TV Film and video. She has participated in African dance company work and toured the international festival circuit, specializing in Salsa and Afro – Cuban styles. Also, Iris has choreographed for stage and camera and created and directed her own dance theatre production at Jackson’s Lane Theatre.
Iris is the founder of Kizomba in the UK, bringing Afro – Luso culture to new audiences. She started her own academy and created her own teaching method, striving to elevate teaching standards in the sector. She curates the yearly programme for Batuke! Festival – the first event of its kind in the UK currently in its 8th edition – regularly inviting UK based and international artists. Iris’ current career objective is to draw on acquired experience to broaden leadership skills, create work that has an artistic impact and document her contribution to dance of the African Diaspora in the UK.