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Impact Youth

[Performing with Impact] gave me motivation and hope to keep pursuing making dance work and acknowledging never to take for granted the process of growth.

Botis Seva, Impact Dance Alumni,
Far From The Norm Artistic Director,
Olivier Award Winner 2019

Impact Youth is our established performance company with members selected from the Impact Academy. Over the past 25 years it has grown to be one of the most successful youth Hip-Hop Theatre companies of its time. Impact Youth creates dance theatre pieces combining a range of different styles including Hip-Hop, Street Dance, contemporary movement and physical theatre to create narratives.

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In 2005, Impact Youth became the first London-based company to represent their region at England’s National Youth Dance Festival (currently known as One Dance UK’s U.Dance platform). For two consecutive years, Impact Youth again represented London at the U.Dance events in Salford (2016) and Birmingham (2017).

Additional credits include:

  • Sadler’s Wells
  • Nickelodeon TV
  • NEC and Utilita Arena Birmingham
  • Peacock Theatre
  • The Place
  • RichMix
  • Battersea Arts Centre
  • Royal Opera House
  • C4
  • tp bennett
  • One Dance UK’s Re:generations
  • The Africa Centre Summer Festival
  • London Mayor’s Office
  • In the Picture Festival 2018 and 2019 (Amsterdam)
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Impact Youth Work


A piece commissioned for ONE DANCE UK Re:generations 2019 at the Lowry.

  • Choreography and Direction: Hakeem Onibudo and Cherilyn Albert
  • Dancers: 4
  • Music: August Twelve – Khruangbin & Sound Bite from Time Sensitive Interview - Bjarke Ingels to Cities: Take a Longer View
  • Duration: 6 minutes and 18 seconds

Journeys 2 Justice

A piece initially commissioned by Ashleigh Trezise for Brent’s Journey to Justice at Willesden Library, Brent. This piece draws on the prejudices experienced by the young dancers.

  • Choreography and Direction: Hakeem Onibudo and Cherilyn Albert
  • Dancers: 6
  • Music: Storm Engine - Jocelyn Pook & Rhapsody - Black Violin
  • Duration: 6 minutes 06 seconds

Magic Hat

You were warned if you touch something that doesn’t belong to you what the consequences will be…

  • Choreography and Direction: Hakeem Onibudo and Cherilyn Albert
  • Dancers: 9 - 12
  • Music: Cry of the Celts and Celtic Dream – Ronan Hardiman & Lucy – Senbei
  • Duration: 6 minutes 05 seconds

Red Mist

A post-apocalyptic world where dance may be the only way to survive…

  • Choreography and Direction: Hakeem Onibudo, Additional Choreography: Keanu Wilson
  • Dancers: 8 - 12
  • Music: Smarra - GoGo Penguin
  • Duration: 9 minutes 30 seconds