The vision is to become a leading, diverse, forward thinking creative force within the dance world that transcends both the Contemporary and Urban worlds alike. Creating a diverse group of beneficiary’s and stakeholders that will access the organisation and all it has to offer.
The mission is to provide high quality dance experiences for beneficiaries at different stages of dance, from first timers to professionals and all in between. We aim to educate our beneficiaries while allowing them to develop their own sense of self within dance utilising the Uchenna style of movement, management and creativity.
The Uchenna Dance Company (UDC) was founded in January 2009 by Vicki Igbokwe, Creative Director. Starting as a community group focusing on choreography and creating work for stage. Vicki Igbokwe used the company as a vessel to experiment with ideas and styles. The founding members were key to her exploration and development as a choreographer and she made a conscious decision to spend 2009 training, learning and exchanging.
The only 'performances' during this year were informal sharing opportunities, made possible by the Association of Dance of the African Diaspora (ADAD). The first was at the Siobhan Davies Studios and the second at the Drum Theatre in Birmingham.
These sharing’s allowed Vicki and UDC to test the work and ideas in a public domain.
The following year (2010) The company went on to perform at Synergy (Bernie Grant Arts Centre), Live Vibe (Lillian Baylis Theatre) and ADiaspora (Rich Mix and Middlesex University)
Uchenna Dance was created in October 2009, Vicki organised her first International event with Aus Ninja of the Imperial House Of Waacking (New York), delivering a series of Waacking Workshops in London. It was here that Uchenna Dance the ORGANISATION was born, allowing Vicki and her team to utilise their combined expertise in management, consultancy, education, community and creative producing.