Academy Mews Dance Studios, as part of the Camden and London community, is supporting artists in the development and advancement of their creative journeys through a 2021 Artists Residency Programme.

In this page, you can check out the latest and previous artists in residence. Our video showcases feature a filmed presentation of the work the artists developed during the residency, as well as an interview, which will offer some insight into them and their practice.

We are very proud of their work and hope you enjoy it as much as us. 

Brandon Walker – Youth Residency Aug 2021

– Showcase Sept 2021

Brandon is has been dancing for most of his life. After training in Ballet for several years his current focus is on Street dance styles.

He uses movement to share the stories and emotions that has positive impact on the younger generation and intends to raise awareness about mental health amongst them.

He will be releasing 3 episodes of work which will be available from 4th September to be viewed on our website and our Youtube channel. Follow Brandon on Instagram @brandzzjb to keep yourself updated about his upcoming projects


Chester Hayes – 25+ Residency April 2021

– Showcase May 2021

London-based dance artist Chester Hayes performs and creates movement for live performance, film, theatre and night-club settings. Chester has performed and devised movement since graduating from Bird College (BA Hons Degree) in 2013.

Chester is heavily inspired by night-club culture and the dance that exists on a night-club dance-floor. He is exploring autobiographical narratives and how movement is shaped by personal experience. ⠀

April Gunawardena – Youth Residency January 2021

– Showcase February 2021

April started dancing aged 3 at Central School of Ballet. She trained at Trinity Laban between 2015 – 2018, achieving a BA (Hons) in Contemporary Dance. Since then, she has become a qualified pilates teacher, completed various independent projects, and choreographed a piece for St Marylebone annual dance show. 

She is currently a teacher for the youth training dance programme at Thomas Page Dances in Oxford.

She also trains in Qigong and Tai Chi weekly.

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