Kenzi Ireland

Dance Artist | Performer | Choreographer | Teacher

Kenzi Ireland boasts extensive expertise as a dance artist, specialising in various African dance forms and accumulating over a decade of experience as a professional performer, choreographer, and teacher. Her journey has taken her to Senegal, Ghana, and Gambia, where she delved into traditional African dance, honing her skills through training and performances with global dance companies and practitioners. Notably, Kenzi has showcased her talents across Wales and the UK with ‘NIMBA African Dance & Music.’

Renowned for her empowering teaching style and captivating performances, Kenzi delivers top-notch dance experiences fueled by her infectious enthusiasm and passion for the art. Grounded in the strengths and diversity of African dance forms, her work strives to inspire genuine expression, celebrating and enhancing our understanding of the African Diaspora’s dance heritage.

Kenzi’s dance journey began at a young age as a Junior Associate of the Birmingham Royal Ballet, later continuing at the London Royal Ballet Lower School. However, it was the encounter with African dance that ignited her true passion, setting her on a lifelong exploration, sharing, and inspiring others through this distinctive art form.

After graduating from Middlesex University with a BA Honours Degree in Contemporary Dance Performance, Kenzi received the Trailblazers Starter Fellowship Scheme in 2013, enabling her to attend a six-week professional training course at ‘Ecole des Sables’ in Senegal. Leveraging her studies, research, and ongoing professional development, Kenzi’s choreographic style uniquely draws from the rich tapestry of African dances, blending traditional and diasporic influences.

Currently, Kenzi leads Afrofusion dance classes at DMAC Bristol, offering an engaging and empowering experience that encourages students to explore musicality, creativity, subtlety, and power. She collaborates closely with schools to provide dance and performance opportunities, envisioning the development of quality dance experiences within communities and the educational system.

As an independent artist, Kenzi actively collaborates with schools, colleges, universities, community events, festivals, mental health services, youth organisations, and prisons, aiming to share the joy and spirit of dance. Her overarching goal is to nurture confidence, foster connections, and instil a love for dance, firmly believing that through dance, individuals can discover more about themselves and others, gaining the confidence to express joy and freedom.