Our patron, Namron (O.B.E.), is dance royalty in every way you can define it. His career started back in the 1960’s, where he gained a scholarship at Rambert Ballet School in 1965, being taught by Madame Rambert herself, before becoming one of the original teachers at the London Contemporary Dance School in 1966.
In 1969 he became a founder member of London Contemporary Dance Theatre, working as a dancer for 18 years, and working the renowned choreographers of the time including Robert Cohan, Alvin Ailey, Anna Sokolow, Robert North, Talley Beattie, Richard Alston and Siobban Davies. He was acknowledged as a founder of The Place and was the first black dancer to be employed by a British dance company.
It was during his time that Namron became known globally as one of the most brilliant and physically impressive choreographers and performers around. In 1977 he staged Robert North’s legendary “Troy Games” for the Dance Theatre of Harlem in New York and his own work The Bronze, was taken into London Contemporary Dance Theatre repertoire in 1975.
With the sad demise of the London Contemporary Dance Theatre, Namron shifted his attention to teaching and in 1985 was one of the founding members of the Northern Contemporary Dance School teaching staff. During this era he was appointed first rehearsal director at Phoenix Dance Company in Leeds.
Now London based, Namron has worked as a guest teacher at Millennium Dance 2000 with other ongoing freelance teaching at Middlesex University and for Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company. He still performs (most recently at Sadler’s Wells where he was invited to be one of The Elder’s Dance Company) and he is an inspiration to all.
We are honoured beyond words that he is our patron- his guidance, wisdom and skill is a tangible thing. He has taken classes, offered advice, travelled to our students auditions, visited them at professional academies, gone above and beyond anything we could ever expect- as always driven by his desire to aid the students of today become the dancers of tomorrow.
The RozieT Dance Academy is humbled to have such a mentor and Patron and when he was awarded an OBE for his services to dance a few years ago we were proud beyond words. He is our patron and our hero and we love him to bits.