Mercy Nabirye is currently the Head of Dance of the African Diaspora at One Dance UK, the UK Body for Dance, which came together by a merger of ADAD, Dance UK, National Dance Teachers Association and Youth Dance England. One Dance UK is the only sector support organization for dance in Arts Council England National Portfolio. It represents dancers at all levels of the dance industry, and champions excellence in education, youth dance, dance of the African diaspora, performance, health and well-being, leadership and career development.
Prior to that, Mercy served as Director for ADAD (Association of Dance of the African Diaspora) in 2011/2012 and then in 2013 through to the official merger of One Dance UK on 1st April 2016. She was instrumental to the process of the merger. Mercy steered ADAD to deliver its mission to promote the practice and appreciation of dance rooted in the African Diaspora, raising profiles of artists and the art forms. She led its national and international programmes at key venues, including Bloom National Festival celebrating dance of the African Diaspora across the UK regions, Re:generations International Conference – the only UK academic and artistic conference focusing on perspectives of the art forms; and a professional development fellowship Trailblazers which tailors mentorship for future leaders for the dance sector.
Mercy’s previous leadership roles include work at Apples and Snakes, England’s leading performance poetry organization; Operations Manager at Creative Partnerships Kent, a creative learning initiative for Arts Council England; Co Director/Finance Director at Future Creative CIC a social enterprise providing creative learning. She also continues to work as an arts management consultant internationally including commissions with dance Immersion–Canada and Page Six Management–Uganda. She has written for a few publications and she has been commissioned as a panel speaker at various dance conferences.
Mercy graduated in performing arts (Music, Dance and Drama) in Uganda, East Africa; Film and Video Production at The American College in London UK as well as CIMA CBA Business Accounting in UK. Her artistic background is as a performer, choreographer, producer and writer for stage and screen. In her early career, she toured UK world festivals with a Ugandan Afro Jazz band, she featured in musicals, TV series and films and is a member of Arterial Networks (Africa).
Mercy has recently been appointed as a board of Trustee for the (International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD)-USA; The Lisa Ullmann Travelling Scholarship Fund-UK; and she continues to serve as a board member for Tavaziva Dance-UK and Dancing Strong–UK. www.mercynabirye.com
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