Shahada Nantaba

Learning & Development Officer

Shahada Nantaba Sekajja (she/they) is a non-binary movement artist who is passionate about facilitating inclusive safe spaces for marginalized communities to explore and express themselves through movement.

They started training in contemporary dance at Phoenix Dance Theatre’ Saturday School in 2013 which inspired them to pursue dance as a career path. In 2014 they joined RJC Dance’s Youth Provision programme whilst studying performing arts (Dance) diploma at Wakefield college.

After achieving their Distinction Merit Merit grade in dance Diploma at Wakefield college, they completed their foundation course in 2016 with a Distinction at The Northern School Of Contemporary Dance (NSCD). They then continued on to the degree course, graduating with a 1st class BA hons in 2021 at NSCD.

During their time at NSCD, Shahada was inspired by various artists especially those who incorporated mindful practices in their creative process such as Yewande 103. Shahada has carried on utilizing mindful practices within most of the teaching and choreographic processes she is involved in.

After graduating, Shahada has worked as a Freelance Dance tutor for RJC Dance and Phoenix Dance Theatre as well as a Freelance dance artist. Shahada has toured as a dance artist with Whispered Tales in their installation piece ‘Distant Drums’, which was choreographed by one of Phoenix Dance Theatre’s  Founding members Donald Edwards, and ‘Refuge Island’ choreographed by Lisa Simpson. Shahada also worked as a dance artist on Yewande 103′ s Dance film ‘Fountain’ which toured in picture house cinemas as well as live performances in Germany for the Foramen Theatre Festival 2022.

Shahada is particularly interested in empowering young people through the use of movement and mindful practices