Artistic Directors

Beverley Glean
Co-Director connectingvibes*

Beverley Glean is the Founder and Artistic Director of IRIE! dance theatre and has been working in the field of dance, in particular African and Caribbean Dance (African Peoples Dance) for over 25 years.

Beverley initially trained at the Laban Centre London, The Jamaica School of Dance and The Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba.  She has continued her training and development in dance & culture by working alongside artists from West Africa, Europe, America, and the Caribbean.

She founded IRIE! dance theatre in 1985.  The company pioneered the move towards representing and promoting reggae music and its movement nuances on stage.

Naturally, over the years, IRIE! has grown in stature.  As well as its Touring dance theatre company, it has developed a much sought-after Education & Community Outreach programme and the only accredited course in African & Caribbean Dance in the UK.

Rosie Lehan
Co-Director connectingvibes*

Rosie Lehan - Co- Director of connectingvibes*

Rosie Lehan trained at Laban Centre London (BA Dance) and Middlesex University (MA Performing Arts).

She is currently a Dance Lecturer at City and Islington College and freelance choreographer working on partnership projects with Arts Organisations, including Creative Partnerships establishing projects such as Raw Skills Dance Project for boys aged 14-19, travelling to the USA and China with the organisation.

Rosie has been working in partnership with IRIE! dance theatre since 1992 on the development of a range of projects.

 

Joint Projects

Beverley Glean and Rosie Lehan have been working together in partnership with IRIE! dance theatre and City and Islington College since 1992.  And, since 2000, they have consolidated their work in a diverse range of projects.  These include the connectingvibes* Dance Company and the Dance and Diversity project.

The Dance and Diversity project is an action-based research project originally funded by NESTA and the Arts Council to investigate the place of African and Caribbean dance.  It included a research trip to the USA, Jamaica, Cuba and Ghana. In November 2012, the project contributed to Re:Generations an international dance conference which examined International Perspectives on Dance of the African Diaspora.  Re:Generations was co-ordinated by ADAD in partnership with IRIE! dance theatre, State of Emergency, City & Islington College and London Metropolitan University.

Since 2008 they have led The Foundation Degree in Dance delivered in partnership with IRIE! dance theatre, City and Islington College and London Metropolitan University.