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 and musical theatre.
Together they bring experienced artists to create new works that are socially responsive ad 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.
A native to Bermuda, Rikkai Scott is a graduate of London Contemporary Dance School where he received a Bachelors in Fine Arts. Rikkai's training began at the age of four at United Dance Productions (Bermuda) where he trained in all foundations of dance such as tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop, modern and musical theatre. Whilst pursuing his studies at The Place, Rikkai received a full 3 year scholarship representing Bermuda National Dance Foundation, Ross " Blackie" Talbot, Bermuda Arts Council and Peter Leitner Scholarship.
Scott had his first professional opportunity to travel to Amsterdam as a company member for De Kiss Moves Dance Company and to gain experience touring, assisting workshops and working with artists based in Amsterdam. Since then Rikkai has worked with professional artists/companies such as Richard Alston Dance Company, 201 Dance company, Michaela Cisarkova Dance Company, Hannah Meraki, Jean Abreu, Saran Kholi, Avant Garde Dance Company, E14 Dance Company and travelled to Barbados as a solo artists representing Bermuda Cultural Affairs for the Carifesta Festival in 2017. Rikkai has taught and presented BDblaq's participatory work at dance schools and community events in Woking, Essex, Bermuda and London.
In addition to his work for BDblaq, the company has accomplished creating three successful pieces which have toured locally and internationally as well as being invited to the finalist performance showcase in Spain for their most recent piece SENSE.
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