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Background

Keneish Dance was founded in 2009 by Keisha Grant.  Keisha began dance lessons at the age of three at her local dancing school in Birmingham. After being entered in many dance competitions throughout the West Midlands she was awarded Most Promising Dancer on five occasions.

At the age of 18 Keisha was awarded a Dance and Drama Award to train at Laban Centre. Keisha then toured internationally as a dancer across Europe, Southern Africa and Canada. After founding Keneish Dance in 2009, she was tipped as ‘the one to watch’ by West Midlands Dance and her choreography was quoted ‘one of the most outstanding performances’ in the Arts Councils leading showcase for Dance of an African Diaspora across the country. Keisha was also the first Black dancer ever featured on the front of the ‘Dancing Times’ – the original leading magazine for Dance. Keisha was a Dance lead for the Commonwealth Games handover 2022 and has worked collaboratively with incredible artists  visual art, film and music.

With a repertoire that includes traditional African dance, with contemporary and ballet to Jazz. Keisha has developed a style that speaks to and reflects the contemporary artistic practice of our diverse British communities.

In addition to our choreographic and touring work, Keneish Dance has invested its talents into creating commissions to support commercial product promotions and site-specific work … all this whilst developing educational packages for schools, colleges and universities.

Collaborating with artists from different disciplines and artforms is central to our vision.  Through this approach we constantly seek to develop and strengthen our work by creating new dialogues and vocabularies within dance.

Keneish Vision

Interested in how people think and experience emotions and then how that manifests itself in body language and physical behaviour. – our vision is to create idiosyncratic, thought-provoking and expressive performance, event and educational work for audiences, artists and students. Through innovative collaborations with diverse, cutting edge artists, we work across art forms whilst simultaneously supporting the wellbeing agenda, to bring a fresh and alternative voice to the expression and benefits of contemporary dance.

Through our choreography, touring and education work we aim to showcase contemporary dance which nurtures artists and supports communities and students, enabling them to thrive and flourish.