Namron

Namron OBE has had a prolific career spanning over half a century. He began is dance career at the Willesden Jazz Ballet Group in 1961 whilst also studying as a mechanical engineering apprentice at AEI Neasden.

 

The Willesden Jazz Ballet was one of the first Community Dance groups in London in the early sixties. He continued his training with a scholarship at Rambert Ballet School in 1965.

He is widely credited as the first black dancer to be employed by a British dance company. In 1969 he was a founder and member of London Contemporary Dance Theatre. Remaining in the company for eighteen years, touring globally and working with the renowned choreographers of the time including Robert Cohan, Alvin Ailey, Anna Sokolow, Robert North, Talley Beattie, Richard Alston and Siobhan Davies.

In 1985 Namron became a founder member of the Northern School of Contemporary Dance teaching staff. As a freelancer, he was appointed first rehearsal director at Phoenix Dance Theatre in Leeds. Now based in London, he works as a guest teacher at Millennium Dance 2000, as well as at Middlesex University and for Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company. In 2003 he was appointed Associate Artist for Adzido Pan African Dance Ensemble. He performed in a self-Choreographed solo work, Missing, at the Summer Collection, Clore Studios, Royal Opera House, London in July 2004, as well as, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for a two-week run.

In 2016, Namron was involved in Anniversary by Alan Lyddiard, choreographed by Royston Maldoom, a multi-media dance and theatre performance created by older artists, including performers from various dance traditions and backgrounds.

Along with Pratap Pawar, Namron was the subject of Balbir Singh’s Learning to Dance. A duet of astonishing virtuosity and grace, the piece is a reflection on the teacher-student relationship, and explores what happens when the student (Balbir Singh) becomes choreographer of the two towering figures who once taught him.