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PAREESHA WEBSTER

Choreographer & Costume designer

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Pareesha Webster is the lead artist of Leeds based Valentina’s Collective Arts, delivering Caribbean Carnival costume arts, dynamic dance and choreography.

Since her 2012 introduction to carnival arts she has created several award-winning large scale costumes for Leeds West Indian Carnival (LWIC) regularly placing in the top three of the annual Carnival Prince & Princess and Carnival Queen competitions.

Inspired by her early carnival ‘induction’ and having learned from established creatives during her training on the Walk the Plank Elevate and Global Grooves Future Leaders arts apprenticeships, and from artists including Colin Spalding, Ali Pretty, Carl Gabriel, Hughbon Condor, Pareesha established her own Carnival arts organisation, Valentina’s Collective.

The emerging artist is also an aspiring choreographer and building on her 12 year dance experience and training with RJC Dance and Phoenix Dance Theatre, she delivers much sought after weekly Dancehall with Pareesha classes at Koby Studio in Leeds, and workshops nationally in Urban, House, Hip Hop and Afrobeat dance styles.

COMMISSIONS & COLLABORATIONS

Leeds West Indian Carnival – 2014 Design & Deliver mentorship programme; Pop Up Carnival 2014 trainee artist; media interviews on young artists’ involvement in carnival.

Dance commissions and collaborators – Koby Studio, King Kompany Dance, De-Napoli Clarke (Leeds); Rise Youth Dance Company (Bristol); Manchester Metropolitan University Dance Society; Goblynz Dance (Glasgow); Studio 59 Dance (Halifax)

WHAT’S ON OFFER

Pareesha is open to collaborations and commissions in;

Dance workshops and classes for individuals and companies – mainly specialising in Dancehall and Urban styles to provide individual dance training around movement and performance; open classes from children aged 5+ to adults.

Dance performance and competition choreography

Costume workshops for classes from age 8 to adults, in batik, painting, moulding, basic wire bending, wings construction, mask and headdress making.

Mentoring – particularly emerging young artists and dance practitioners.