Monday, 29 June 2009
Victoria ‘Vicki’ Igbokwe
Vicki began her formal training at Hammersmith & West London College, studying a BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts. On completing this course she went on to Middlesex University where she graduated with a BA (HONS) Degree in Dance Studies. It was here that she discovered her passion for dance and choreography.
In 2001 Vicki auditioned and was successful in gaining a place as a dancer for Impact Dance (www.impactdance.co.uk) a professional Hip Hop Theatre company. During her time with Impact Dance she took on many roles including Dancer, choreographer and Youth Artistic Director.
Vicki is a Creative Projects Manager (CPM) for East London Dance (www.eastlondondance.org). She joined the Nike UK Team (www.nikewomen.com) in 2005 as a Nike Dance Athlete and Master Trainer for the Nike Rockstar Workout, a dance based fitness workout. Since 2005, Vicki has appeared in numerous publications including Health and Fitness magazine, Cosmo Girl, Fitness Professionals, The Telegraph, The Dancing Times and was a featured Athlete as part of Nike’s ‘Changing The Game of Women’s Sport’ exhibition at the blink Gallery in central London, which celebrated the profile of some of the country’s finest sports women. August ’07 saw her as a judge for the Nike Dance Clash weekend and call back auditions.
She has choreographed work for Impact Dance, East London Dance, Nike UK, EMI Records and D-physics with her work being performed at venues such as Sadler’s Wells, Stratford Circus, The Royal Festival Hall, the Peacock Theatre, Channel 4, BBC1 & 2 and Pop World. Vicki’s choreographic skills have enabled her to work in a diverse way across the dance industry creating and staging pieces in a commercial and theatrical context.
Vicki is also a founder member of the choreographic collective D-physics (www.myspace.com/dphysics) and a Jazz teacher at Middlesex University.
2008 has already got off to a great start for her as she is an ADAD (Association of Dance of the African Diaspora (www.adad.org.uk) Trailblazer 07-08. Her project will see her traveling to New York to train with House Dance Pioneers Brian Green, Ejoe Wilson and Marjory Smarth. On her return she will work on creating a new dance production that will be ready for touring in 2009.