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Wed 2 November

I M Pact: Dance Lab

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I M Pact Dance Lab explores themes of reawakening, resurgence and resilience in this immersive dance festival where artists are encouraged to experiment with movement in a safe space. Free from the pressures of perfection and completion; only the joy of motion and physical dialogue.

Hosted by I M Pact Artistic Director Yandass Ndlovu and soundtracked by emerging local artists such as Werkha, T.I.M.E and more. You’ll be guided through a truly Mancunian musical experience championing a new wave of work by some of the finest dancers and choreographers from across the city’s unique, genre-bending world of Hip Hop, Contemporary, Afro and freestyle.

One of the first of its kind, I M Pact Dance Lab provides movement artists with invaluable space and time to explore their style and platform their creativity within the industry and the community at large, inviting audiences to observe, critique and participate in the evening’s performances.

Given the interactive nature of this event, there is no interval and come join us in celebrating Manchester’s vibrant movement artistry.


Yandass Ndlovu 

Founder and Artistic Director of I M Pact Collective

Movement Directing & Choreographing Credits include: 

Pretty Shitty love (Theatre Clwyd); Bloody Elle; Astronauts; [M]others- Co:lab (Royal Exchange Theatre); Everything All Of The Time (Contact Theatre); The Walk: Little Amal (Manchester International Festival & Good Chance Theatre); VUKA (MCR Museum); Cryptomnesia (Future Ventures & ACE); See Me After (PUSH- HOME theatre); (Channel 4, Random Acts)

Acting credits include: 

Electric Rosary; Macbeth; Our Town; Nothing; (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester). Birth: Orchid & Syria (World Health Organisation, Geneva); Negging (Old VIC Theatre); Dead Certain (Hopemill Theatre); Jubilee (Lyric Hammersmith) 

Dance credits include: 

Nike Air Shimmer (Size?); Alphabus (Manchester International festival); FlexN Manchester (Old Granada Studios); Flexn Young Identity (Contact Theatre); Boy Blue Elevate; (HOME THEATRE) Festival Number 6 (Portmeirion); Through The Eye- Rachel Chinouriri

Short Film and television credits: 

Icaria (Nowness and MIF); (Random Acts, Channel 4); The X Factor (dancer ITV); Run Boy Run & (Channel 4, Random Acts)

Justina Aina


Justina Aina is a Creative Producer, Performer and Writer. Credits include: 

TV and Streaming – Production:

The Family Pile (Hat Trick Productions); Tommyinnit, Tommyinnit & Friends & Enemies.

Theatre – Production:

Glee & Me, Rockets & Blue Lights, Wuthering Heights, and more (Royal Exchange Theatre 2018-2021); The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting Ceremony 2019; Skin In The Game (Cambridge Junction); 

TV – Performance:

Coronation Street (ITV); The Five (Red Productions); 

Theatre – Performance:

Billy The Kid (Leicester Curve); Festival In My House (Girl Gang Mcr/ Festival International); Hidden Pin Up (House of Noir, Black Gold Arts)

Gráinne Flynn 

Assistant  Producer

Gráinne is a creative producer, actor and community facilitator. She is a member of theatre collective – Switch_MCR. 

Her producing roles are focused on creating community projects. Previously working as an Education Coordinator for MIF.


Factory Schools Pilot (MIF); Today I Feel Like… (MIF); Utopolis (MIF); A Drunk Pandemic (MIF)

TV Performance: 

Yoko Ono: Bells For Peace (MIF)

Theatre – Performance: 

The Other Side (53Two); Three Sisters; The Siege of Christmas (Contact); Our Town (The Royal Exchange); Pomona (Space Triplex); There is a Light: Brightlight (Tour); Frankenstein (The Royal Exchange); Nothing (The Royal Exchange)

Karina So

Marketing Officer

Karina Sodipo is an experienced designer and creative director working across fashion, arts & culture, technology and e-commerce. As co-founder and artistic director of community-driven creative agency VAGUE, she leads an international team of creators and technologists across four continents, connecting purpose-driven brands with over 500 creative freelancers and participatory audiences via the VAGUE project management system, and experimenting with social journalism in the digital age through the community’s culture journal and community podcast. In addition to her work at VAGUE, Karina also supports the UX team at Pretty Little Thing as a product designer.

Audrey Albert


Audrey Albert is a maker, artist and photographer. Audrey was selected to be one of the Creative Fellows for Manchester International Festival.

Audrey is currently working on Chagossians of Manchester (CoM) after having been selected to be part of the Future Fires 2020 programme at Contact. CoM is a socially-engaged art project by and for the forcefully displaced Chagossian community currently living in Wythenshawe. Chagossians of Manchester consists of 4 intergenerational creative workshops which will culminate in a celebratory Chagos Day. 

Her research-led practice enables her to consider and investigate themes of national identity, collective memory, displacement, tradition, and denial. Born in Mauritius with Chagossian origins, she studied Political Science with a specialisation in Media and Communication at the University of Mauritius from 2009 – 2013. Audrey is currently based in Manchester after studying photography at the Manchester School of Art at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) between 2015 – 2018.

Her main creative mediums are digital and analog photography but she loves to touche à tout and explore different cameraless ways of sharing her research and creativity. Her main body of work Matter Out of Place has been showcased in several exhibitions in Manchester (at The Holden Gallery and HOME respectively), Arles in France, Pingyao in China and in Port-Louis in Mauritius.

Halima Arteh

Lighting Designer

Lighting technician, Royal Exchange Theatre Jan 2020 – Dec 2022

Let the Right One In, Glass Managerie, Electic Rosary, Nora, Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, Glee & Me,  Mountaintop, Bloody Elle.

Solo Dancers

Tia Gribben

Dance credits include:

Stormzy, AJ Tracey, Headie One, Mahalia, Apache Indian, JayKae, Pa Salieu, American Express, Adidas. 

Model Credits: ASOS, Footasylum, Grenade, Liverool FC, Police, O’neills, Move Dancewear.

Natalia Meksa

Natalia Meksa is a dance artist, and yoga teacher from Poland, based in the UK. In 2021, she danced and toured nationally with the Emergence dance company directed by Joss Arnott, in works by Arnott, Gosia Mielech, Kevin Finnan (Motion House) and Vidya Patel. In her freelance work, she performed in various projects and music videos, to name a few choreographers: Jamie Neale (London Fashion Week Show, promoting Edeline’s Lee SS18 Collection), Elizabeth Arifien (music video “David” by Night Flight), Angela Poulima (physical theatre projects), Sasha Pirogova (Art Night London) and Ellen van Schuylenburch (Tate Modern performance). Together with Marta Swierczynska, Natalia choreographed and performed “The Glimpse of Touch” for the event at the Secret Art Gallery in London. Natalia completed her BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance degree at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London and her MA in Dance Performance and Professional Practices at the University of Salford.


Dennis Anin Badu

Founder of Element Dance UK and COO, Choreographer, Videographer and Dancer for I M Pact Collective.

Company choreography credits:

T-Pain(O2 Arena & O2 Ritz); Hip Hop International UK varsity Champion; Hip Hop International World Championship Semi Finalist (Vegas); Dance Word Cup Gold(Senior Large group) & Sliver(Junior Large group); Boy Blue Elevate (HOME THEATRE); Dancers Delight U18s (BARKING THEATRE); Can You Dance (Echo Arena) & More

Choreography credits:

VUKA (MCR Museum); Adidas World Cup (BoyBlue Assistant);  Zanesha (Nottinghill Carnival); Swimzi Swimwear; Dancers Delight – Soar INK; World of Dance LA – Soar INK (World finals)

Dancer credit:

Stormzy (Brit Awards); The Walk: Little Amal (Manchester International Festival & Good Chance Theatre); Sea Change(Manchester international festival); Peaky Blinders(BBC2); Black Gold Arts Festival; 

Teaching credits:

Shockout Arts (Degree & Btec); Jelli Theatre School (College); IAB (Barcelona); RLD (Dance school); RW Dance (dance school); Nova City (Dance School); Fierce Oldham (Dance school) and many other dance schools in the UK

Melissa Gumbs

Co-founder of MM Jazz Company Manchester

Manchester based, Jazz teacher, choreographer, professional dancer (working on cruises as well as UK and China tours), and As part of I M Pact, Melissa  creates shows and opportunities for young people. 

Melissa has recently worked alongside Phoenix contemporary company for the unveiling Windrush monument at London Waterloo Station.

Melissa trained at the Northern Ballet School and gained her PGCE at Shockout Arts Manchester. Melissa co owns her own Jazz Company based in Manchester with her Twin sister Martina Gumbs and Lamoi Hedrington.

Abbi Holden

– Founder of Platform Manchester. 

– BA Hons: International Business

-PGCE: Commercial and Professional Dance

Choreography Credits include: 

JD Sports, Nike, Love Island, Tower FM, ‘Emilia’, I M Pact Dance Lab (LOWRY THEATRE) , Platform (HOME THEATRE/CONTACT THEATRE)

Dance credits include: 

George Ezra, Aitch, Rita Ora, Pa Salieu, Slow Thai, JD Sports, Nike, Puma, Love Island, Adidas, X Factor UK, My Vegan/My Protein, BBC The Sarah Millican Show, Boy Blue Elevate; (HOME THEATRE), Parklife Festival, New Look VUKU (MCR MUSEUM) & more.

Teaching credits include:

-Current Teacher at Debut Performing Arts College, Aspire Dance and Stage, Theatre Dance Studios, Boombox Dance and Lancashire Dance Academy. 

-International teaching credits: DriveDance Moscow, YouCanDoIt Poland, Norway.

-Judge at various competitions across the UK including: BDO, Calling U Out, Iconic, Standout UK and more.

Ensemble Dancers

Emily Bajic

Shockout Arts Undergraduate

Dance performance credits:

Zoonation Curtain Raiser “Some Like It Hiphop”

Dancers delight performance – Yasmin Harcourt

MOVE IT MAIN STAGE – Myles Brown & Craig Stein

Afrobeats Championship with Artillery- Cheeks Carr

London Greatest Showman Performance – TF Productions

Dance TV / Campaign Credits:

Get Moving Campaign for University of Salford – Channel E4

TV advert for Mo Salah x Riyadh Winter-wonderland Attraction Saudi Arabia

Other Dance Credits :

Cyprus Cap St George 5* Resort Hotel Performance

Skeleton crew member for Boy Blue Project Job – Kendrick Sandy – Manchester International Festival

Ashlea Dilling

MA graduate of Shockout Arts 

Flash mob dancer in The Gospel of Us (2011); 

Promotional video background dancer for Escape To Freight Island (2021)

Erin Donnelly & Rachael Donnelly

D Twinz


Shockout Arts; Dance Studio Scotland

Training programs:

HDI Scotland/London, Urdang Intensive, Phase Scotland, JBP Collab Series, Urbaniks; We trained with Nat Bat, Candance Brown, Dean Lee, Kimmy Taylor, Rowan Chambers, Ricky; Jinks, Home Bros, and Kirsten Dodgen.


Upfront 2022 – Choreographed by Ainsley Ricketts; Dancers Delight 2022 – Choreographed by Yasmin Harcourt; Soar Super Weekender Main Sponsor Performances 2022 – Chad Taylor, Ainsley Ricketts,

Yasmin Harcourt, and Nahum McLean; Move It Main Stage 2022 – Jazz Choreographed by Craig Stein; Dancers Delight London 2018 – Choreographed by Honey Joseph; Flawless Tour 2018 – ‘Chase the Dream’; Go Dance 2012-2018; Electric Youth Music Video – 2017; European Sports Championships; Y Dance Destinations – Tramway 2017

Choreography Credits:

Elevate Dance Events – ‘Bounce’; UDO World/Scottish/British Champions – ‘Hoodlumz’; UDO World/Scottish/British Champions – ‘Honeys’; Urbanik’s Street School of Dance Productions; STDA Examinations

Elysee Kayonda

Performance Credits:

The Queens Platinum Jubilee 2022 – Global Grooves; Footasylum x D.I.C.E Video Shoot 2019; The Onside Awards at The Royal Albert Hall 2019; Windrush Commemoration Day at The South Bank Centre with Phoenix Dance Theatre 2022 – Sharon Watson; Frosted by Magic – Tangled Dance Company 2019; Welcome to the Jungle – Creative Allies 2020.

Triptych Too – Peter Grist 2019.

Video Credits:

This Is Where I Am Ft Legion Music Video 2022; Porcelain Doll – Ian & Steve 2022.

Wild – Ian & Steve 2022; All In – Between The Vines 2021.

Acting Credits:

Of Mice and Men – Les Williams 2020

Cara Marsh

Current training

Shockout arts. 

Previous training includes:

Shockout Btec; 0161 dance studios; Element Dance; SOAR


Emily Sande dancer – (BBC sport’s personality of the year awards); Opening performance – ‘Royal Family’ tour (SOAR); Opening performance – T-Pain concert; Performed on the Greatest Dancer – (SOAR/BBC); Talia Storm dancer & choreographer (CBBC performance); Dancer’s delight performance; Upfront performance; HHI; Assistant teacher; HDI camp

Kelsey Mawdsley

The Liverpool Institute For Performing Arts Graduate. 

Professional Training Credits include: 

Dean Lee, Jasmin Saulo, Fabio Fiorillo, Thomas Ashton, Eirik Dreyer Sellevoll, Kristine Berget, Emma Spokes-Annetts

M&M Jazz Company Member

Katy Smith

Shockout Arts Graduate 

Performance Credits:

Company Jinks; Move It; Royal Albert Hall; Can You Dance; Dancers Delight; O2 London.

Professional Training Credits Include:

Ricky Jinks, Kerrie Milne, Leroy Curwood, Sab McCarthy


Terriss Sanni

aka T.I,M.E (Today Is My Everything)

Composer, Sound Engineer, Sound Designer, Dancer T.I.M.E is a creative artist from Manchester inspired by sound and forged by movement. As an aesthete, he sees , feels and understands the world abstractly and finds his expression in the creative works he lends himself to T.I.M.E’s musical style is eclectic but garners inspiration from Hip Hop, Funk, UK Garage, Grime, Drum & Bass and House music. Currently mentored by Alex Braithwaite of AFB sound, T.I.M.E aims to expand his sound and knowledge in line with the best as he transverses the realms of all things creative. Composer Sound Design / Sound Engineer Credits include: The Walk: Little Amal (Manchester International Festival ‘Venice 2’); VUKA – [I M PACT] (MCR Museum) Ajarni – Remember (Remix) (Producer: T.I.M.E; Engineer: T.I.ME, Songwriter: Ajarni SK ft KO – [LINK UP TV] ( Songwriters/ Performers: SK, KO; Producer : beatsbyht; Mix Engineer: T.I.ME) Cryptomnesia [I M PACT] (Future Ventures & ACE) Resilience:[ I M PACT] (Lowry Theatre) Solar Smash (Paradyme Games); Dance credits include:

Freestyle Dance Exhibition IM PACT (Whitworth Black Gold Arts Festival) Synaesthesia,[ Avant Garde Dance AG2 Company G.O.T.F] (Shoreditch Town Hall) VUKA (MCR Museum) I M PACT – Lets Go (Manchester Opera House, Contact Theatre )