Meet Our
Alumni

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Veronika Koleva
 

2011- 2013 Veronika was a member of Connectingvibes* Dance company, and toured across the UK and to Grenada.

 

Herself and a fellow company member went on to set up their own dance company with a mission to “Promote new age dance theatre, influenced by Afro Caribbean dances and Contemporary physical theatre”. The company, named ‘Bokatialo’ toured various London venues in 2015 and still comes together to create works.

Veronika recognises her time at the company as crucial for establishing her work ethic and ability to work in a team.

“I had the opportunity to put into practice everything I studied. Watching the works of dance companies, I always wanted to be in one. I had the opportunity to test for myself what it is really like and I absolutely loved it.

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Ofelia Balogun
 

Connectingvibes* was the first diversity playground where I had the opportunity to experiment how a mentor can push you to develop your choreographic voice while collaborating with choreographers in the creation process. It helped me to understand the concept of active collaboration and how to work as part of an ensemble.  I enjoyed the idea of fusion and the combination of different bodies and movement languages in one performance programme.

 

Currently, I work as a Movement artist, Choreographer and Educator while I develop a platform that combines the Art of the Movement, Intersectional Identity and the concept of awareness called MoremiPath.

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Maria Santos
known as Emergency Dancer

I was born in Angola and came to the UK at the age of 11. I found it very difficult to adapt to a new environment as I also struggled with a language barrier. I’ve always loved dancing and my family, especially my dad, was a very popular dancer in Angola. I truly believe he inspired me with his passion for dance. Every time there is a family occasion we come into a circle and invite each person to dance in the middle. My roots and how I found out I was a dancer came from my family and home.

 

Throughout my career dancing has always been my passion. I attended IRIE dance theatre to complete a Foundation Degree in Dance and during my time at IRIE! I was also part of Connectingvibes. At IRIE! and through Connectingvibes I developed and gained a better educational background in dance and learnt a variety of dance styles which has had a big impact on my career. I was also able to put my own experiences of coming to the UK into a company piece ‘Without Borders’ (2016)

To date I have supported popular African artists such as Davido, wizkid, Runtown and Sakodie while also choreographing for many up and coming artists in the Afrobeat scene. I consider myself to be an Afro and Kuduro dancer. However, I am versatile and can adapt into street dance, pop and commercial. I regularly teach kuduro and Afro Dance classes every Mondays in studio 68 London. I have recently become a new mum and have learnt to manage my time wisely as a mother and choreographer.