Our MOVE IT 2017 hosts brought you the best show yet! Check them out below
Natasha Khamjani – Main Stage Host
Natasha Khamjani has been hosting events since 2012…Her first being to warm up the audience at the Olympics Games in London where she was part of the Mass Movement Team! Welcoming the 80,000 strong crowds was the experience of a lifetime
She has hosted many events since including the Big Dance Bus in 2014 and 2016, projects at the Southbank Centre and last year on the Freestyle Stage at Move It.
She trained at London Studio Centre and still performs as well as mainly working as a versatile freelance choreographer, including projects in Opera, Theatre, Dance, Outdoor Arts, Corporate and Education sectors.
She is Co Founder and Artistic Director of the innovative ‘Folk Dance Remixed’ dance theatre company who are currently touring Nationally and are funded by Arts Council England. She also runs her own Street Dance classes ‘Tasha’s Street’ with DPA in SE4.
She is delighted to be invited back this year to Co – Host on the Main Stage with the brilliant Damien AKA Tin Man.
Twitter – @natashakhamjani
Damien Anyasi – Main Stage Host
Director of B-Better Hiphop company and 2-time nominated UK Dance Teacher of the Year, Damien Anyasi brings a unique energy to the stage in every instance. Having trained and performed in numerous dance styles, including a creative role in the 2012 Olympics ceremony, Damien brings a diverse knowledge of dance and performance to the Main Stage at Move It this year. Expect surprises and crowd participation!
Twitter : @Periscope
Facebook: T Damien Anyasi
Hakeem Onibudo – Freestyle Stage Host
Hakeem “Mr Impact” is an experienced and professional event host who regularly presents and entertains on the red carpet at high profile film premieres in London. His movie premiere credits include: Star Wars The Force Awakens, The Revenant, Avengers Age of Ultron, Entourage, Magic Mike XXL, Minions, X Men Days of Future Past, Godzilla, Hunger Games, Captain America-The Winter Soldier, Noah, Iron Man 3, The Hobbit, Men in Black 3, Rock of Ages, Fast and Furious 6, The Amazing Spider Man, The Dark Knight Rises, Star Trek, Man of Steel The Wolverine, Frozen and the Wolf of Wall Street. Hakeem is also an accomplished performer, choreographer/director, mentor and British Council ambassador who began teaching dance in 1995, when he formed the company Impact Dance. Hakeem is also the artistic director and host of LIVE VIBE, a performance platform which celebrated its 10th anniversary.
Hakeem’s portfolio includes organisations such as Sony Pictures Entertainment, Warner Brothers, Columbia Pictures, BBC, Nickelodeon, CH4, Endemol, ITV, The Cosmopolitan Show, The Duke of Edinburgh Awards, The Royal Ballet School, The Royal Opera House, Pet Shop Boy’s, MOBO Awards, Sadler’s Wells, British Council, and Peacock Theatre to name but a few.
Dean McCullough – MOVE IT & Capezio Dance Championship Host
Dean McCullough is fast becoming one of the UK’s top new presenters. Experienced in Television, Radio & Live Events Dean has found his feet as a Theatre, Entertainment and Showbiz expert.
His theatrical expertise comes from over 15 years in the business starting out, age 7, at The Rainbow Factory in Belfast training in Acting, Singing and Dancing particularly Jazz and Contemporary where he found his calling and fell in love with the stage.
Some years (and lots of Ballet classes) later Dean was offered an unconditional place at the prestigious ‘Laine Theatre Arts’ where he was the first male student from Northern Irish to receive a ‘Dance and Drama Award (DaDA)’ scholarship. Here he trained for 3 years under the direction of Betty Laine, Tudor Davis and Sarah Wilson graduating with a National Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre.
Performing credits include – Britains Got Talent (ITV), Children in Need (BBC), Don’t Stop Believing (Channel 5), High School Musical (Tour) and The Mikado (London)
Deans’ presenting adventures began in 2011 when he attended a hosting workshop with our very own Hakeem Onibudo at Sadler’s Wells. Here he was scouted by producer Georgina Harper who offered him his first ever presenting job hosting ‘The Showcase Theatre’ at MOVE IT and he has never looked back!
Presenting credits include – Royal Academy of Dance Pop Up Dance Tour, The Big Dance Bus, Gala Bingo TV, Pride in London, West End Bares and London Fashion Week for Debut Magazine.
Instagram – @thedeanlife
Sarah Blanc – ROAMING CAMERAS Host
Sarah is a Choreographer, Director, Performer and TV Presenter.
She is Artistic Director of Moxie Brawl which is an award winning, fresh all female inclusive dance theatre company. Her show, It Started With Jason Donovan has been performed all over the UK & Ireland receiving 5 star reviews in Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015 and won the Space to Dance Award at Brighton Fringe Awards 2016. As a freelance choreographer Sarah has created work for graduate companies, third year showcases to large scale community projects and walk about theatre events. In October 2016 she directed a Thriller flashmob for The Place, which was live streamed by ITV to over 210,000 people. Check it out here (http://sarahblanc.com/thriller-flashmob/).
In 2011, along with Lucy Field, she co-founded Inside Dance TV, which is Britain’s only online magazine style TV show. Since 2013 Sarah she has worked as a Presenter for Art Streaming TV who broadcast art events from all over Europe on the internet. Live streaming highlights include English National Ballet Emerging Dancer Award live from The Palladium, Aerowaves dance festivals 2013- 2017 and the One Dance UK Launch, Other presenting and hosting highlights includeThe Place, Greenwich Dance, Sadler’s Wells, Southbank Centre and Olivier Awards Red Carpet for londondance.com. Performance highlights include Made By Katie Green, The People Pile, Pestiferous, Redux Project (BBC4) and The Oasis Social Club.
Sarah is delighted to be back at Move It for her 4th year.
Sarah Blanc (Sat/Sun)
Facebook – insidedancetv
instagram – thesarahblanc
Chris & Wes – Special Guest Hosts
Chris & Wes are a dynamic dancing duo who have been working hard and playing hard together for years now!
They are very talented dancers and in 2011 they won Sky 1’s TV show Got To Dance because of their amazing dancing and loveable personalities. This of course attracted lots of attention and a very dedicated fan base! With this in mind, they went on to present for Sky One during for the following series’ for the online segment which also included their very own Got To Dance Backstage Live Facebook Stream. They have worked on various TV shows including Children In Need, CBBC’s Slammer, CBBC Kickabout Match of The Day, Channel 5’s Gadget Show and worked for big clients including Sainsburys, Comic Relief, Sport Relief, XBOX Kinect and Cheryl Cole.
They perform at events, parties, corporate functions etc and are renowned for their infectious personalities. They are currently working across the UK spreading their passion passing on their extensive knowledge teaching their new workshop packages. As well as this they are pushing themselves into the world of Presenting and have really been finding their feet, with them looking to become the new dancing Ant & Dec.
Whether you’re looking for a fantastic performance, a fun knowledgeable dance class, TV/Show Presenting or even just as a great addition to your event, then Chris & Wes are sure to brighten your day!
For bookings or enquiries, please contact ChrisandWesBookings@gmail.com
Kirsty Anderson-Tyrrell – MOVE IT PRO Host
Kirsty is currently in post as Creative Producer: Participation and Events at East London Dance, where her role is to develop the participation and engagement strategy for the organisation. Her previous role as Head of Dance at a secondary school in east London means that she has a strong knowledge of the dance curriculum. Kirsty is widely connected to schools networks in the dance sector including the East London Cultural Education Partnership and the Dance Educators Group, taking over as the role of chair in Summer 2017
Shelley Maxwell – Showcase Theatre Host
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