I am a highly organised individual who is passionate about the arts, learning and development and have produced and directed three international dance and Hip-Hop festivals, curated art and photography exhibitions and a series of commercial and charity based creative events on a national scale. All these experiences have enhanced my understanding of how to run successful events, festivals and exhibitions, as well as working in a creative team. I have also developed positive and effective communication and leadership skills and strong fundraising abilities. I am passionate about creating inspiring and engaging opportunities for individuals and wider communities and am currently looking for more freelance / permanent work opportunities in London. I am keen to gain more experience in the creative field, expand my network and work alongside more passionate, like-minded people. With regards to writing, I studied Creative Writing as part of my degree and have writen all the copyright when marketing my own projects, so am confident in my ability to write for press releases, invites etc.
I founded, directed and produced the PHD Festival which launched in London in November 2013. PHD celebrates and educates the origins and evolution of original street dances and Hip-Hop culture, providing dancers, artists and enthusiasts with the opportunity to take part in a range of engaging activities. These include dance workshops with world renowned pioneers, panel discussions, film screenings, performances, art exhibitions, dance battles, freestyle jams and networking opportunities. This social enterprise aims to bridge the gap between different cultures, unifying wider communities through education, collaboration and entertainment. My role entailed: developing a timeline business plan, managing the festival budget, sourcing sponsors, festival partners and contracts with trade companies, networking, programming UK and International artists, sourcing venue space, managing the creative team and artists, handling sales, marketing and general administrative work and managing on all event days.
I was hired as Project Officer to assist the deputy director of Black Cultural Archives in managing the launch of the UK’s first national Heritage Centre dedicated to Black history. This role entailed diary management for the deputy director, delivering meetings, sourcing contractors, sourcing furnishings and fittings for the new centre, raising purchase orders, managing the delivery schedule and general administrative work. I also voluntarily sourced a selection of well-known UK artists to participate in the live event on the launch date of the heritage centre in July 2014 and connected the company with other organisations who could support the development of their work.
• Free Your Style intensive dance programme at Exhale Ladies Fitness Studio, Dubai – April 2012 • Stagecoach dance and drama teacher, Buckinghamshire – March 2011 – March 2013 • Dance classes and workshops at various schools and colleges throughout the UK, including: – Egerton Rothesay School, Hertfordshire – March – May 2013 – Lockers Park School, Hertfordshire – September 2012 – January 2013 – Tetsworth School, Thame – May 2012, March 2013 & February 2014 – St Columbas School, Hertfordshire – September 2011 – January 2013 – Whitehall School, West London – April – June 2012 – St Cuthbert Maybe, Hertfordshire – March – May 2011 – John F Kennedy School, Hertfordshire (assistant in GCSE Dance) – September 2010 – June 2012
United Grooves is a national dance event I produced and delivered in Hertfordshire, which educated various cultural street dances from around the world through workshops, seminars and performances. I also produced two charity based events to raise funds for St Francis Hospice and Danceaid; both events engaged the public with creative activities such as workshops, performances and an artistic exhibition. Event responsibilities involved creating partnerships, programming, managing a creative team, marketing, teaching classes, administrative work, arranging competitions and sourcing raffle prize donations.