Lindy Hop Social Night (Abbey Wood)
Temujin is Artistic Director and co-founder of Grounded Movement, debuted at Sadler’s Wells Breakin’ Convention 2013, a dance company that produce work inspired by African derived, social and street dance culture. He has over 30 years’ experience in dance and theatre from movement direction and choreography to project management, University lecturing and writing for theatre.
Current projects in the mix include: Ragtime to Grime, a provocative dance and rap-based theatre piece originally developed in collaboration with the acclaimed, Mercury-nominated UK rapper TY (who sadly passed away from Covid-19 in 2020); a new play in development with musician composer Laurence Corns and New York writer Willie Johnson, about Bayard Rustin an unsung champion of the civil rights movement; Hopes and Dreams co-creation project for young people commissioned for Greenwich Dance’s Artsunboxed; and Spirit of the Estate, an outreach and empowerment young people’s mentoring and performance programme, first launched by Crystal Palace Festival in 2021.
Past collaborations and productions include Kafkas’ Monkey at the Young Vic, Dance Umbrellas community dance film Feltham Moves, Evan Placey’s Consensual for National Youth Theatre, and Club Universal commission for the Southbank Centre. Testament to Temujin’s commitment to producing high quality work came with the honor he received when asked to join Danny Boyle’s award-winning Creative Team, as lead choreographer for the NHS section of London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony.
Photo: George Dyergroundedmovement.com
Wendy is a professional dance artist and educator whose career has included roles as a performer, mass movement choreographer, movement and rehearsal director, teacher, lecturer, and company manager. Currently working primarily in education, she specialises in developing and supporting the delivery of the primary curriculum through dance and the performing arts. She works on the education teams of Trinity Laban and DanceEast and is a long-standing Mentor Leader and specialist with Artis Foundation. As a freelance education consultant her work regularly takes her to South Korea, where she trains teachers from across the country to enhance and develop their creative teaching skills.
Wendy’s roles as a dancer and choreographer have included work in film and theatre as well as in art galleries and stadiums. A highlight of her career was working as part of the Mass Movement team for the London Olympic and Paralympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies in 2011 and 2012, a role which included co-leading the audition and rehearsal process and directing large-scale cast rehearsals.
Wendy was introduced to Lindy Hop back in 2002, while working at Greenwich Dance and observing the rehearsals of Temujin Gill and Sunanda Biswas. She went on to learn the technique and appreciate the rich history of this vibrant jazz dance through working alongside Temujin and Sunanda and their company Grounded Movement, which produces work inspired by African derived, social and street dance culture. She has been teaching Lindy Hop for the last decade and is passionate about sharing the history as well as skills of the dance form.twitter.com/WendySteatham
One of UK’s foremost B-girl’s and founder of ‘FLOWZAIC’ UK’s first all all female Breaking crew. Sunanda aka ‘BGIRL SUNSUN’ has performed, battled, judged and hosted at some of the biggest Hip Hop and B-boy events from UK B-Boy Championship, Nike Dance Clash to BOTY and B-Supreme women in Hip-Hop festival at the South Bank Centre.
She was co-choreographer for the NHS segment of the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony and is now Associate Director of ‘Grounded’ who gave their début performance at Sadler’s Wells Breakin’ Convention’s 2013 tenth anniversary. Other credits include; choreographer on the BAFTA Award winning film ‘Fishtank’ working with Andrea Arnold,
Dancer for Mel B, Gabriel , Shy FX and touring with ‘Take That’ as a featured rapper.
Sunanda also continues to host and MC for many dance battles and events in UK.
DJ Lil’ Koko
DJ Lil’ Koko (Jazz FM): One time resident of New Orleans, digs deep into her stash of viny treasures, spinning rare New Orleans 50’s RnB, funk and brass with a few detours into the sweaty Bayous of Louisiana. She tours the world and broadcasts on Jazz FM weekly bringing the rich musical history and fire of New Orleans to the masses.
She cut her teeth with a three year residency at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club hosting the explosive monthly ‘Thursday Mardi Gras’ nights. Spinning rare New Orleans RnB, funk and soul with a few detours into the sweaty Bayous of Louisiana, she tours London bringing the rich musical history of New Orleans to the masses. Heavily influenced by Tennessee Williams and literature from the Deep South, Lil’ Koko spent an extended sabbatical in New Orleans and Cuba in 2010 digging through vaults of New Orleans record shops for buried vinyl treasures, befriending musicians and interviewing cultural icons. Returning each year since, she lives and breathes the culture of this enigmatic city.
Featured as guest DJ on Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide FM show, Lil’ Koko was interviewed by the legendary BBC 6Music host and played a blistering set on his show. Hear this: https://www.mixcloud.com/worldwidefm/dj-lil-koko-19-04-17/