Hidden Movement: Contemporary Voices of Black British Dance


“I had to lie to my parents about where I was going for six months. But then when it came to my first performance I finally had to tell them where I was going. I would be coming back late at night all week and I didn’t think I could lie to them much longer. So they came to the performance and were sat in the front row. The first piece I was in, I was dressed up as a scarecrow. I was standing there, head down, hat, straw coming out from everywhere and all I heard was “Jesus”… “Jesus! It’s him!”… My Dad was quite supportive but my Mum gave me a hard time through those early years of dancing, which I was not prepared for. A young man from a Caribbean family, I had been given the chance to be an apprentice in engineering, to make my way in the professional world of England – and I gave it all up for dance.”


Patrick Acogny
Dwayne Antony Simms
Pawlet Brookes
David Bryan
Keisha Grant
Sue Harrison
Henri Oguike
Kenneth Olumuyiwa Tharp
Lee Payne
Bob Ramdhanie
Jackie Guy
Hilary S Carty
Djoee Tomakloe
Sharon Watson


Cover Credit
Paul Liburd for Scottish Ballet.  Photographer Graham Wylie.


Publication Year: 2013
ISBN: (Paperback) 978-0-9926319-0-1
ISBN: (EPub) 978-1-9163965-2-4

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