Former athlete, Kristina Alleyne, who is a native Londoner, started her training at The BRIT School before going on to study at Northern School of Contemporary Dance. With experience in both hip-hop and contemporary dance, she has performed for Blue Boy Entertainment, Tavaziva Dance, Arthur Pita, IJAD Dance Company, Henry Oguike and most recently Akram Khan Company.
Kristina joined forces with her twin sister Sadé to start up their own education and performance company Alleyne Dance in 2014, which has so far been involved with numerous national and international dance platforms, and has been described as “emotionally touched, charged, and inspired”. Her workshop at The Place, as part of our Easter Dance Courses, will offer a unique opportunity to engage with this in-demand artist. Expect a physical and challenging contemporary class with complex technical sequences, whilst also exploring personal exploration, identity and intention.
• You started your physical training off as an athlete. How did you find the transition from athletics into contemporary dance? What were the benefits of your earlier training?
My training as an athlete to becoming a professional dancer was not an easy transition. When I was an athlete I trained intensely on a daily basis; weight training, carbo-loading, track training and intense winter training. Even though I was successful in athletics I did not have the passion for it. I found it in dance. My body was not in the right shape for dance. I had to do extra ballet classes to catch-up with the other students and I joined an Astanga yoga centre which I attended every day to work on my flexibility. The benefits of having intense athletic training was that it gave me discipline, strength and determination. The discipline to commit to long days of physical dance training, yoga practice and to research the art form I was entering into; the history of dance and dance today. Athletics provided me with the strength to be able to handle a new way of moving and shifting my body through the space. The determination to work hard has been instilled in me from a young age so I am able to stay passionate in this new journey I have decided to conquer.
• What is your favourite thing about being in London and coming to The Place specifically?
My favourite thing about being in London is that it’s home; where I was born and raised and began my athletic training and my dance training. At the moment I am touring and travelling with Alleyne Dance Company and I meet dancers of different nationalities. When I do come back to London I love visiting The Place to experience teaching and dancing with people from London. The Place building offers so many opportunities for dancers to interact and train.
• What has been the biggest inspiration in setting up Alleyne Dance?
Alleyne Dance was always in the minds of myself and my colleague, Sadé Alleyne. We are twin sisters and we have always had the aim of one day joining forces and sharing our experiences. When we graduated in 2008, we worked for different dance companies, where we gained different skills and different techniques. We reunited in 2012 when we both joined Akram Khan Company, and the opportunity to join forces finally arose.
• What are your current interests away from dance?
I love catching up with my friends and family as I am away so much. I love editing short dance films, which is a new hobby I am getting into. I also love hot yoga and going to self-practicing centres.
• What can we expect from participating in one of your workshops?
Alleyne Dance’s slogan is “Passion and Sweat”. The workshop is entitled “Dynamics, Rhythm and Texture”. It is a physical contemporary class which will involve strong, complex and technical sequences in and out of the floor, focusing on both performance and stamina and commitment throughout the session. Improvisation will also be explored as part of self-development. The significant factors for the workshop are to develop the dancers’ creative mind, drive their movement from passion, enjoyment, determination, strength, musicality and most importantly an intention and honesty in whatever choices they make throughout the session.
Dynamics, Rhythm & Texture: Contemporary Masterclass with Alleyne Dance will take place on Sun 9 Apr (10.00am – 3.30pm). For more information and to book your place please click here.