Ukweli Roach (UK)
Ukweli Roach began taking tap dance classes at age 10 as he had shown an enthusiasm for dancing from an early age. It was at age 16 that he decided to take it more seriously and saved up pocket money to attend breakdance and locking classes once a week at Pineapple Studios. This extended to hiphop and commercial choreography classes and shortly after joining international dance company Dance2XS he got his first professional work at age 18 dancing for Mariah Carey in Monaco.
In the following years he worked with Mariah Carey on other occasions as well as stars like Kylie Minogue, Cheryl Cole, JLS, Alexandra Burke and others.
This was all whilst training as an actor at the world-renowned Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) where he achieved a BA (Hons) Degree in Acting. During this time he was part of the founding of BirdGang Dance Company which has blossomed since 2006 and led him to choreograph and perform in showcases and competitions both in the UK and all over the world as well as working as an actor in the film, television and theatre industries.
Ukweli's choreography, whilst being largely hiphop-based, borrows from disciplines such as tap, house dance, popping, breakdance, contemporary and jazz, fusing them all into theatrical manifestations of whatever music he is dancing to.