Nanette (Black Diamond) Ababio – Founder, Creative & Artistic Director
Black Diamond has been performing, writing and singing for over 15 years, her love for the arts started at a very young age. Black Diamond started off as a model/choreographer and mentor later going on to form VERSATILE PERFORMERS, THE CREATIVE COLLECTIVES. A trained creative director, actor, dancer, mentor and trainer within the arts and enterprise sectors.
Black Diamond suffered an injury to her spine whilst in a dance session. Unable to continue in her career as a professional dancer her creativity and determination gave her the strength to continue with her performing arts career, concentrating on the training and management of Performing Artists and Creatives. This determination and resilience is what inspires her to teach, train and mentor people of all abilities and disabilities. A core fundamental of Versatile Performers is to inspire all artists, especially those living with a disability to pursue their dreams and ambitions.
“There is nothing you cannot do”.
Black Diamond is a creative, unique and skilled songwriter, producer and performer: Her unique soulful jazzy voice and thought provoking conscious lyrics has wooed many audiences nationwide and in 2012 was a semi-finalist in the UK Songwriting Contest.
Combined with her empathetic nature and professional experience within the arts and creative industries, Black Diamond aims to EDUCATE, MOTIVATE AND INSPIRE all Performers that attend VP Studios.
Kwabena Benko – MOVEWITHKB Founder & Choreographer
KB, the Founder and Managing Director of MOVEWITHKB LTD a London based Dance Teacher and Choreographer.
Kwabena (also known as KB) is an entrepreneur, dance teacher and a choreographer. Dancing has definitely been a part of KB’s early life especially growing up in Ghana and South Africa. Kwabena has been involved in creative work ranging from art, music and dance from a very young age.
MOVEWITHKB LTD is a community organisation and club, which brings fun dance aerobics and workshops for all lovers of dance, initiated to integrate with people. MOVEWITHKB is open for all abilities, no matter your age or dance experience and offers a number of services to its clients, both private and public.
KB has spent the past 6 years at the forefront of the Afrobeats genre, which has fast evolved into a movement taking the UK entertainment scene by storm. As well as performing on a number of platforms and stages, KB can be known for touring with the chart-topping leader of UK Afrobeats Fuse ODG, starring roles in his music videos and performing alongside throughout his journey & The #AntennaDance Competition.
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Alana Francis Shadeskouture Ltd (MUA)
Alana Francis is a self-taught make up artist and founder of Shadeskouture Ltd, which started in January 2017. Alana started taking make up seriously in 2016, during this time she has worked on photoshoot and fashion show sets as a MUA.
Lasharne Fearon (Stylist)
Lasharne Fearon, A freelance stylist who started styling in early 2017 and has now worked in partnership with the London school of styling and backstage at fashion week.