Avant Garde Dance Company is at the forefront of London’s innovative Hip hop/Contemporary Dance scene. The company was founded in 2001 and is led by Artistic Director Tony Adigun.
Having gained extensive experience in the world of commercial dance Tony set out to transform a group of hip hop dancers into a unique company that could also explore contemporary influences and create a more unusual, abstract and artistic practice. The company’s dynamic performances explore a myriad of styles, themes and media, whilst embracing different genres and forms of music, dance, literature, circus and digital work.
The mantra ‘Innovate Never Replicate’ is evident throughout the work as the company embraces a sense of difference, individuality and uniqueness.
Avant Garde Dance has performed in the UK and internationally at venues and festivals including at The Place, Breakin’ Convention, Sadlers Wells, Pavilion Dance, Southbank Centre, The Barbican, DanceXchange, Greenwich Dance, Latitude Festival, British Dance Edition, Greenwich & Docklands International Festival, Brighton Dome, East London Dance at Stratford Circus, Barcelona Festival and Madison Square Gardens New York.
Since 2015 Avant Garde Dance Company has reached over 170,000 audiences and engaged over 2000 young people in learning opportunities.
Tony is a choreographer, director, curator, dancer, educator and mentor with a razor sharp eye for dance composition, musicality and form. His unique dance vocabulary has gained respect from the highest echelons of the dance industry.
His iconic choreography and style has resulted in commissions to choreograph work for Cirque de Soleil in Andorra, Fontys in Tilburg, and for festivals in Vietnam, America, Poland, Russia and Portugal, as well as in the UK with Breakin Convention, The Place/Alston Takes Over and Greenwich and Docklands International Festival.
Tony was a semi-finalist in The Place Prize 2012 and was also commissioned by The Place to remake Richard Alston ‘Wildlife’ as part of Dance Umbrella 2011, which subsequently went on tour with Edge graduate company. In 2012 he was invited by Breakin’ Convention to research and develop a new work in conjunction with Parc de la Villette in Paris. He was co-choreographer on the Royal Opera House Education and East London Dance production of The Last Genie. He was guest choreographer for The Exhibitionists, an international ensemble of acrobats and dancers brought together for the Road Show festival on Exhibition Road.
Commercially he has performed with internationally recognised artists including Janet Jackson, Usher, Ashanti, Mel B, JoJo, Cheryl Cole and Whitney Houston and was the Creative Director for Sky 1’s ‘Got To Dance’.
Latoya started her dance training in 2007 training in Funkstyles. She developed her technique and style which brought her to London company Far From The Norm where she learned to explore different mediums of dance. This led her on to study Dance Performance at Middlesex University.
Through her work and training with East London Dance, Latoya developed her desire for producing. She has grown from Avant Garde Youth to represent the company as dancer, teacher, studio assistant and trainee producer for Tony Adigun’s Show and Prove and Collabo platforms.
Alto Grye – Creative Consultant
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