Episode 2: Yami ‘Rowdy’ Löfvenberg

Broadcast date: 7 October 2021

Yami ‘Rowdy’ Löfvenberg. Photo by Robert Alleyne.

The hip-hop choreographer, dancer and teacher Yami Löfvenberg is also known as ‘Rowdy’. As that name suggests, hers is a wonderfully confident, engaged presence – but growing up in Sweden, she was racially bullied and called stupid, because she struggled with maths. Only later did she realise she had dyscalculia: a deep-seated difficulty in understanding numbers. Discovering a talent for dance transformed her life. As well as creating choreography, she’s worked in schools with the RAD’s Step into Dance programme, and has a gift for reaching young people who might be struggling as she once did.

Yami ‘Rowdy’ Löfvenberg

Yami ‘Rowdy’ Löfvenberg. Photo by Camilla Greenwell.

Yami ‘Rowdy’ Löfvenberg is a multidisciplinary artist working between movement and theatre as a creative movement director, director, hip-hop theatre maker, performer and lecturer. Alongside making her own work, she also mentors, creates and delivers workshops across the UK and internationally. A One Dance UK DAD Trailblazer Fellow and Marion North Recipient, she was on the creative choreographic team for the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony and is a member of performance collective Hot Brown Honey. A fierce advocate for intersectional feminism and hip-hop dance culture, she is a highly respected role model and teacher within the art sector.

Yami Löfvenberg’s website

Step into Dance is a Royal Academy of Dance programme in partnership with the Jack Petchey Foundation.  The largest inclusive dance programme in the UK, it reaches over six thousand secondary school students annually across London and Essex by offering regular dance classes.

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