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Introducing The Artists

The Artists

The Artists is a paid professional development programme offering personal, practical and creative support to five artists through a two week retreat led by ‘identity. ideas. industry’. (iii) Founder Shannelle ‘Tali’ Fergus, with visits and support by ZooNation’s Founder/Artistic Director Kate Prince, Musical Director DJ Walde and long-time Company Member Annie Edwards. 

Nominations were made by five industry changemakers and ten artists were invited to apply. Applications were considered by Tali, Kate, ZooNation Engagement Producer Annie Taylor-Gooby and Executive Director Sri Sarker.

The participating artists will have access to 15 dancers, all of whom are iii and/or ZooNation Youth Company alum. Participating dancers will be compensated for their time.

The programme will culminate in a sharing of ideas for a small, invited audience of peers and industry figures.

The Artists is a collaboration between ZooNation and iii, made possible with the support of Arts Council England.

iii is a programme and method designed to encourage dance artists’ curiosity about their creativity and the industry at large, through movement, conversation and literature. iii had its pilot early 2017 and has gone on to four full editions in London and two in Asia (China and Singapore) since, impacting over 150 students. The programme has been supported by breakthrough initiative Artists4Artists (One Dance UK People’s Choice Award nominee), Redbridge Drama Centre, casting agency Sillis Movement and Studio Wayne McGregor.

  • “iii is built around those taking part and it remains my aim as lead facilitator and programme director to have The Artists be what the selected artists need it to be - by providing space, time and resources as they pursue and flesh out their own ideas.”

Chaldon Williams

Creative Artist & Choreographer. Chaldon discovered his passion for Hip Hop at a very young age. Born and raised in South East London he developed his talent for the creative arts through dance. A multi disciplined artist who now creates intricate and unique work to lead movement into new spaces. He is massively influenced by different styles and cultures which fuels his innovative mind. Among his personal goals, Chaldon has worked with brands and artists such as Adidas, Jason Derulo, Rita Ora, Ariel and many more. With Hip Hop being his base, Chaldon continues his journey to push the boundaries of creative movement.

Cherilyn Albert

Cherilyn is a choreographer and dance teacher trained in Hip Hop and Contemporary styles. She is the Artistic Director of Instigate Unknown, founded in 2014. They are developing their own methodology, ‘Problematic Props’, which focuses on using objects in unconventional ways.

Cherilyn’s choreographic work often focuses on dissecting and amplifying themes which may appear mundane to everyday life. She often works closely with uncommon vocabulary as a starting point.

Alongside her company, she has presented work at venues such as The Place, Battersea Arts Centre and ArtsDepot.

Cherilyn also focuses her time aspiring to inspire young people to find their voice through dance, working with both Impact Dance and Greenwich Dance. She is also part of the Next Artist Collective at Siobhan Davies Dance and has experience as a movement/creative director within acting and fashion photography.

Olu Alatise

My name is Olu Alatise and I am a dancer, choreographer, teacher, mentor and talent agent.

I have been in the dance industry for 17 years working professionally for over 10 years.

Starting off my training Hip-Hop and other street dance styles, I now pro-actively train in and teach African (AFRO) dance, dedicated myself to learning different genres/styles within African dance and advocate for the visibility and uplifting of the culture surrounding it. I particularly take an interest in finding unorthodox ways of integrating the style with others that I have trained in to create my own unique way of moving and creating.

I am passionate about women in dance and strive to empower and uplift them where and when I can.

Robia Milliner

Robia has been performing, choreographing and teaching in London for over 10 years.
She has worked with companies and choreographers such as Still House dance company, Hofesh Schechter, Avant Garde Dance, ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company & Ivan Blackstock, as well as creating much work as a solo artist.

She has taught masterclasses across the UK and Europe sharing her vast knowledge with

students from across the globe. Having trained at the Brit School, Robia’s choreography is a blend of Hip-Hop, Contemporary and Jazz and one style becomes more prominent depending on where a particular piece of music/feeling takes her.

Sasha Shadid

My name is Sasha Mahfouz Shadid. I am a British/Palestinian, born in Portsmouth, Southsea. I presently gravitate towards the title of Movement Creative, visual speaker and enthusiastic ‘doodler’. I am passionate about Street-dance and contemporary languages, mainly Hip Hop, Krump and House Dance, learning these from artists and renowned dancers from around the world.

In my career I have worked locally and internationally, touring with Hip Hop theatre shows, experiencing the Assistant Director role for theatre work and have performed in such venues as The Royal Albert Hall, The Place and Sadler’s Wells Theatre.

Aside from theatre, I also have worked commercially with professional brands such as Asos, Adidas, The Voice UK, and So You Think You Can Dance-Poland.

I have been on a journey of discovery, gaining experiences that contribute to my creative path. Now I look forward to creating my own work with ‘The Artists’ Programme.