About Kerry

Kerry is a world-class dance teacher and movement therapist who has travelled quite literally, all over the world studying, teaching, performing, choreographing, and directing videos in Cuban Dance. What makes Kerry’s work very special is her detailed understanding of the body in movement, her education and experience with Dance for the camera, and her depth of knowledge and research into Cuban Dance

Background

Kerry’s formal training in dance includes a B.A. in Dance and a Postgraduate degree from The Laban Centre for which she attained a distinction in Movement Analysis.

 

She won the Lisa Ullman Travelling Scholarship in 1987 to research Latin movement and dance throughout Brazil and thus began her passion researching how the Latin body moves from the ‘Core’. After 12 months in Brazil she returned to the UK and taught dance at G.C.S.E foundation, BTEC levels and at Brunel University. Kerry also opened the first Latin club in the UK, ‘Club Brazil’, introducing Cuban Salsa, Brazilian Capoeira and Lambada onto the London scene.

 

Training

Kerry is a qualified Hellerwork practitioner combining Structural Integration, Body Centered Psychotherapy and hands on myofacial tissue release and movement education which she applies to teaching Afro- Cuban Dance.

 

She has a B.A. in Music and Dance and a Dance Post Grad' from the Laban Centre, with a distinction in Movement Analysis.

 

She was awarded the Lisa Ullman Travelling Scholarship to research Dance in Brazil.

 

Coaching

Her one-to-one coaching work includes teaching Movement, Dance, Hellerwork and Body Language.  Kerry's unique expertise is superbly profiled in her best selling video Salsa from Within which details a step by step process how to dance Salsa - Cuban Style.  Her private clients have included Kylie Minogue, Rula Lenska, Frank Skinner and Bill Wrigley, CEO of the Wrigley Company.

 

TV, Film, Videos and Publications

Kerry's passion for Cuban music and dance has erupted into directing and choreographing 3 of Cuba's most popular music videos in recent years.  The first with Tania Ponteja and Bamboleo - Quien Mandar, next was Me Mantengo with Los Van Van, followed by  

Al fin de la Vida with Alexander Abreu and Havana d'Primera.  The last video was with Maykel Blanco with a theme about how Cuban women exude confidence and sensuality with choreography and a rap performed by Maykel Fonts that demonstrates just how beautifully Cuban men can to speak to women.

 

All videos are featured in our Video Gallery and several more are available on our YouTube channel - Salsa in Cuba.  Kerry's work has also been featured in many publications including The Observer, The Evening Standard, The Times, The Telegraph and Time Out.  She has also had an article on Structural Integration for Dancers published in Dancing Times and two articles published Latin Life.  She has danced alongside Madonna in Evita and taught Cuban Dance in a six part documentary "The Confidence Lab" for the BBC, screened in 2000. Kerry has also featured as the Movement coach in a TV documentary on well being called the "18-30 Stone Club" and was the Cuban Music consultant for the movie Street Dance 2.

 
Awards
  • Lisa Ullman travelling scholarship to research Latin movement in Brazil

  • Top UK Salsa Teacher at the British Salsa Congress 2003, 2008 and 2009

  • Lifetime Achievement Award for Contribution to Cuban Dance from Ritmo Havana, Dubai

  • Best Tour Operator - UK Lukas Awards 2011

  • Best Latin Video for Me Mantengo, Los Van Van - UK Lukas Awards 2011

  • Best Dance Video for Al fin de la Vida, Alexander Abreu and Havana d'Primera - Cuban Lucas Awards 

 
Her Current Work
  • Kerry offers a unique brand of Cuban Dance Training programmes in London and throughout the year at various events and congresses across the UK, Europe and Cuba.  

  • She is the Cuban correspondent for the top Salsa International Radio show on Back2backFM with Del Salero and facilitates the exposure of all the new and latest music from Cuba played twice weekly

  • She offers Hellerwork for dancers and private 1-2-1 consultations in various clinics in London

  • She has also taught as a Cuban Dance lecturer at Limerick University, Ireland on the Dance Masters course

  • She riased $20,000 with the Key2Cuba team and Martha Gavron to support Cuban dancers and musicians in Cuba and the acclaimed Raices Profundas Dance Company

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