Ihsaan de Banya

Ihsaan was born in London and began dance training at The Place as part of their youth dance programme, Shift and Centre for Advanced Training (CAT).

He went on to train at London Contemporary Dance School (LCDS). During his time as a student, he danced in work by Maresa Von Stockert, Tom Dale and Theo Clinkard amongst others.  Following graduation, Ihsaan danced with Richard Alston Dance Company for five years, performing numerous works by Alston and Martin Lawrance nationally and internationally. During his time with Richard Alston Dance Company, Ihsaan was commissioned to choreograph a new work as part of the 2014 At Home season, which was performed as part of a mixed bill.

Ihsaan has worked in a freelance capacity for artists including Trisha Okinawa, Renaud Wiser, Bawren Tavaziva, James Wilton, James Cousins and Clod Ensemble. He can also be seen performing in music videos for artists such as Friendly Fires and Au/Ra.

Ihsaan is passionate about teaching and nurturing talent and is currently the Rehearsal Director for Shuffle Youth Dance Company, and a creative teacher on The Place CAT. As part of his teaching practice, he has also taught outreach with The Royal Ballet’s Primary Steps and English National Ballet’s Dance Journeys.

Ihsaan describes himself as follows: Ihsaan is a black man of slender build. He has short dreads which are dyed at the tips a darker brown than his natural black hair and shaved in a fade at the sides.

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