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|Fellowship Participant - Grace Okereke|
Grace has been in the dance sector for eighteen years, with her career evolving from performer, to manager, with the latter being the predominant role. Grace’s work has transitioned between an employed and freelance capacity spanning a wide range of activities, predominately on a national pan-European and international level. As a producer Grace works across performance productions, touring, fundraising and strategic development. Grace has previously worked with, Luca Silvestrini’s Protein Dance, High Hearted Theatre (Theatre) Mayuri Boonham | ATMA Dance, One Dance UK, Rambert, Greenwich Dance, East London Dance, The Body Narratives (multi-disciplinary arts) and more. Grace is currently focused on her work with touring companies, Vicki Igbokwe | Uchenna Dance and Alleyne Dance as well as artist Alesandra Seutin. Grace holds a BA in Dance and a MA in Arts Policy and Management and sits on the board of Directors for Dancing Strong, who focus on cross cultural activities, particularly between the USA and UK, and regularly mentors emerging artists and producers both formally and informally. In addition to the above, Grace is starting her own company, Uprise Rebel, that supports Black female choreographers and administrators, as well as developing inclusive audiences. The overarching aim is to challenge the structures and hierarchal architype that currently is in place, and to set a new paradigm for the representative faces of the contemporary dance sector.
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