Olu Alatise is one of the UK’s top choreographers, an educator, an all-round dance artist, and an advocate for women in dance. 

Recently appointed as a lecturer in dance’ at the London Contemporary Dance School as well as being a cohort teacher for Kingston University and Shockout Academy; Olu has broken boundaries by introducing African street dance into the Higher Education curriculum further dismantling the pre-conceived idea of dance training in a higher education setting.

With over 20 years of experience, Olu has performed on some of the biggest stages in the world, choreographed for global artists, and travelled around the world showcasing her craft and artistry. Some of Olu’s credits include choreography for Jax Jones, SteffLondon, Jason Derulo, Mr. Eazi, Mobo Awards opening ceremony, Olympic games, Sports Direct x Adidas, ASOS x Puma, and more.
Olu has a wide range of experience as a performer and has performed for the likes of Rihanna, Ms banks, Laura Mvula, Lily Allen, Kenzo for Paris fashion week, and many more.

Olu is the founder and director of Afroqueen dance company, Afrokings collective, 1 half organiser of Afrodanceblast and afro & more battles. With a keen passion for uplifting the African dance community and dance form, Olu is often commended for her work in bringing visibility to the culture with her events, education expertise and overall being a pinnacle figure in the African community both in the UK and Africa.

Olu recently won 3 awards at the 2023 Dance Awards namely for x2 winner of ‘Studio Choreographer of the Year’ , ‘Dance Video of the Year’ and ‘Group of the Year’ for her dance company ‘Afroqueens’.

Olu is a force within the dance sphere and well respected in the community, performance world and educational spaces. A creative genius who consistently pushes boundaries and constantly seeks growth in herself and in others.


GET TO KNOW olu...

What are you most looking forward to as a Headliner of MOVE IT 2024? 

I’m looking forward to sharing and celebrating my achievements this year and being able to engage with all the different creatives that will be at MOVE IT 2024.

What is the most important lesson you have learnt in your career so far?

 Consistency, resilience, mental tenacity, hard work and standing firm and strong in your uniqueness will take you on the most authentic and organic journey of your career. 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? / Further career goals in the dance Industry? 

I see myself continuing to be a leader in my community and curating opportunities for my community to showcase their talent and artistry. This has well as elevating in my career as a lecturer.

Do you have any advice for young aspiring dancers who want to get into the professional dance world? 

Be specific and demanding about what you want out of dance. You can’t be humble about your dreams and goals. Be fearless, be an individual, know yourself, ask questions, explore, experience but most of all don’t allow anyone or anything to suck the joy, passion and love out of your dance experience.

What does dancing mean to you? 

Dancing to me is communicating. It’s story telling, expressing m, engaging with people that transcends what words can say. Dancing is love and passion and a gift to all who possess it.

Are there any influences on your style of dance? 

I have a lot of influences when it comes to my style of dance. Whilst I take pride in having formulated my own unique way of moving and creating, artists such as Kenrick Sandy, Shawn Aimey, E-Flex, Danielle Lecointe, Charlene Willets, Shannelle “Tali” have really inspired me and I’m forever a fan of their artistry.

What do you think is the biggest challenge that you face as a dancer? 

My biggest challenge is always thinking about how I can elevate and continue pushing myself as an artist. Sometimes I need to appreciate the present for what it is.

What do you think are the most important qualities for success in the dance industry? 

Good work ethic, an open mind, versatility in movement, networking and engaging with the community and industry, gaining knowledge in the different areas of dance and not just the physical part of it, quality training.

What can we expect from your Main Stage Performance?  

Vibes, culture, dope music, amazing dancers.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself  

I was pursuing music and becoming a singer before I fully committed myself to dance.