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.
She then completed her professional training at Laban Centre and Roehampton University, gaining a double degree in Dance Studies and Fine Art, spending her earlier professional career performing in a Gospel company and training with West African company, Frititi, under the direction of Nii Tagoe, and then went on to work with many of the UK’s dance companies including ACE Dance and Music, Movement Angol, State Of Emergency and Tavaziva Dance appearing in Grahams Town Festival – South Africa, Tanzmesse Festival – Germany, British Dance Edition – UK, IABD – Toronto and HIFA – Zimbabwe.
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.
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.