Established in 2015, BDblaq Dance was founded by artistic director Rikkai Scott based in London, United Kingdom. BDblaq Dance signature style is tap-fusion dance, which is rooted in traditional forms, yet it combines elements of non-traditional movement in contemporary dance.
Their works utilise rhythmic beats, tap techniques and creative expressions, which are never to obscure to be accessible, but at the same time show great depth in meaning. BDblaq combine original music, new styles and techniques from other disciplines including various forms of hip hop, contemporary and creative expression.
Together they bring experienced artists to create new works that are socially responsive and accessible to both local and international performers. Each company member shares a strong drive to tell significant stories and share profound life experiences in high quality through unique performance art.
In 2016, BDblaq presented work "Watch This Space", a collaborative video with Rikkai and Bermudian and professional dancer Dawnita Smith. The viral piece received over 40,000 views within days and focuses on the sounds, texture and rhythms of tap-fusion dance.
By 2018, the company premiered "SENSE'. The work displays the heightened ability of visual impaired individuals in a narrative duet piece that toured locally and internationally at festivals and venues such as Resolution 2018, Theatre Deli, Rhoda McGaw Theatre, Peckham Theatre, Earl Cameron Theatre in Bermuda and Festival 10 Sentidos competition in Valencia as the top 5 finalist.
"Feel The Beat" workshops, commissioned by Bermuda Cultural Affairs are workshops that invites and empowers youth weather they have danced or not to learn a new skill and feel the joy of movement. BDblaq's most recent creation "Cool Breeze" is set in an 80's gritty pub that challenges social interactions and communication in today's society.
Our mission is to affect the whole community with our art. Not only to entertain - but to make you - Feel the Rhythm in One Soul" . We aim to reach persons within and outside the dance world with accessible works that provoke a thirst for knowledge of one's community and self. - BDblaq Dance