Keisha Grant began dancing at just three-years-old and has toured the world with companies including ACE Dance and Music, Tavaziva Dance and Movement Angol.
But the 29 year-old says her greatest achievement was founding Birmingham-based Keneish Dance company in 2009 to take the leap from dancer to choreographer.
“I wanted to bridge that gap,” said Kingshurst born Keisha. “I’m still dancing, I’ve just finished another international tour, but I’m gradually fizzling that out. I want to inspire the younger generation of dancers. I’d always loved dancing but never thought I’d be able to make a career of it. I want to show others they have that option.”
Keneish Dance focus on African contemporary, street and contemporary dance while Keisha’s latest project, Vigour, entwines dance with a unique sculptural installation, created by artist Heidi Luker.
“African contemporary was something that was automatically in my physical vocabulary.
“In repertoire one of Vigour, I’d been working with an artist who works with forms from nature. The choreography came after in collaborations with the sculpture.”
The second repertoire of Vigour takes Zimbabwean artist Albert Manvura’s Shona sculpture of an owl, a weapon against enemies and negative spirits, an inspiration while the final repertoire explores the ‘fundamental simplicity of human interaction and the unifying language of physical expression.’
Keisha said: “Working with the visual arts and personal experiences as reference points, there are deeper talking points that audiences can take away. Vigour has been created to ensure anyone with an interest in dance and the visual arts, or new to the performing arts, goes away feeling exhilarated.”Vigour performs at mac Birmingham on Friday October 5.