Avant Garde Dance Company is at the forefront of London’s innovative Hip hop/Contemporary Dance scene. The company was founded in 2001 and is led by Artistic Director Tony Adigun.
Having gained extensive experience in the world of commercial dance Tony set out to transform a group of hip hop dancers into a unique company that could also explore contemporary influences and create a more unusual, abstract and artistic practice. The company’s dynamic performances explore a myriad of styles, themes and media, whilst embracing different genres and forms of music, dance, literature, circus and digital work.
The mantra ‘Innovate Never Replicate’ is evident throughout the work as the company embraces a sense of difference, individuality and uniqueness.
Avant Garde Dance has performed in the UK and internationally at venues and festivals including at The Place, Breakin’ Convention, Sadlers Wells, Pavilion Dance, Southbank Centre, The Barbican, DanceXchange, Greenwich Dance, Latitude Festival, British Dance Edition, Greenwich & Docklands International Festival, Brighton Dome, East London Dance at Stratford Circus, Barcelona Festival and Madison Square Gardens New York.
Since 2015 Avant Garde Dance Company has reached over 170,000 audiences and engaged over 2000 young people in learning opportunities.
Tony is a choreographer, director, curator, dancer, educator and mentor with a razor sharp eye for dance composition, musicality and form. His unique dance vocabulary has gained respect from the highest echelons of the dance industry.
His iconic choreography and style has resulted in commissions to choreograph work for Cirque de Soleil in Andorra, Fontys in Tilburg, and for festivals in Vietnam, America, Poland, Russia and Portugal, as well as in the UK with Breakin Convention, The Place/Alston Takes Over and Greenwich and Docklands International Festival.
Tony was a semi-finalist in The Place Prize 2012 and was also commissioned by The Place to remake Richard Alston ‘Wildlife’ as part of Dance Umbrella 2011, which subsequently went on tour with Edge graduate company. In 2012 he was invited by Breakin’ Convention to research and develop a new work in conjunction with Parc de la Villette in Paris. He was co-choreographer on the Royal Opera House Education and East London Dance production of The Last Genie. He was guest choreographer for The Exhibitionists, an international ensemble of acrobats and dancers brought together for the Road Show festival on Exhibition Road.
Commercially he has performed with internationally recognised artists including Janet Jackson, Usher, Ashanti, Mel B, JoJo, Cheryl Cole and Whitney Houston and was the Creative Director for Sky 1’s ‘Got To Dance’.
Lisa trained at London Contemporary Dance School and has a BA Hons in Contemporary dance. She has performed internationally with companies including Rosie Kay Dance Company, The Generating Company, Ffin Dance, Ijad Dance Company, Arthur Pita, Sheron Wrey, Smallpetitklein, Rachel Lopez De La Nieta and Ben Ash.
More recently was Assistant Choreographer for The Generating Company and Ffin Dance. Lisa has worked with Avant Garde Dance Company as a lead performer (Nancy in Fagin’s Twist), and works as the company’s associate director and choreographer.
Sara Gordon trained at the Theatre School of Dance and Drama in Edinburgh and has worked in many different dance scenes from contemporary to commercial work and musical theatre to cruise liners performing with artists such as Robbie Williams, Sophie Ellis Bexter, Cheryl Cole, Diana Ross and in adverts for the BBC and Hits TV.
Sara has worked as an Assistant Director at Avant Garde Dance Company for 7 years and has also worked with choreographers such as Freddie Opoku -Addaie (Jagged Antics), Saju Hari, Mikaela Polly (Rambert Dance Company) and Teddy Forance.
Latoya started her dance training in 2007 training in Funkstyles. She developed her technique and style which brought her to London company Far From The Norm where she learned to explore different mediums of dance. This led her on to study Dance Performance at Middlesex University.
Through her work and training with East London Dance, Latoya developed her desire for producing. She has grown from Avant Garde Youth to represent the company as dancer, teacher, studio assistant and trainee producer for Tony Adigun’s Show and Prove and Collabo platforms.
Avant Garde Dance works with a range of different producers to match the skills set of every production or project.
Avant Garde Dance’s latest productions Fagin’s Twist is co-produced with The Place, London; and outdoor touring production Table Manners is produced by Time Won’t Wait.
Our Platforms Show & Prove and Collabo are produced by Associate, Sharlene Carter.
The company also works with producers Tia Hassan and Ruby Baker from East London Dance.
Avant Garde Dance works with independent consultants, fundraisers and advisors to help shape and develop the company strategy.
Creative Consultancy is managed by Sarah Sansom.
If you would like to work with Avant Garde Dance please email us with a proposal of how you would like to move the company forwards to:firstname.lastname@example.org
Avant Garde is a not-for-profit arts company limited by guarantee, governed by a Board of Directors:
Commercial Lawyer, Universal Music
Independent Dance Consultant
Chartered Certified Accountant
CEO of Nitrobeat, Producer and Consultant
Gemma Emmanuel Waterton
Professional Standards Assistant at Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime
CEO of Seachange Arts, Great Yarmouth