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 who attend Versatile Performers.
Maria Florez – Ballet Teacher
Maria Florez is a dancer and aerial acrobat from Spain. She studied classical ballet for 15 years, taking every Royal Academy of Dance exam up to Intermediate, which she passed with a Distinction grade. She has taught classical ballet and contemporary dance in several primary schools around London and loves to get involved with her local community. Maria’s class aims to develop body awareness through a fun exploration of movement. As well as introducing students to ballet syllabus and technique, there will be games of imitation and improvisation to build a sense of group while encouraging individual expression.
Kwabena Benko – MOVEWITHKB Founder & Choreographer
The Founder and Managing Director of MOVEWITHKB LTD namely KB is a London based Dancer, Dance Teacher and Choreographer who has a work history of being a member of street-dance and ‘Krumping’ dance group “Unlimited” and in a dynamic duo “Selasi and KB” touring with the chart-topping leader of UK Afrobeats movement Fuse ODG, starring roles in his music videos and performing alongside throughout his journey thus far.
The duo filmed a video entry for Fuse ODG’s #AntennaDance Competition which saw the two perform their routine in locations such as McDonalds and a tram where members of the public cheered them on in excitement. This video soon went viral and has since accumulated over 13 million views on YouTube.
KB has spent the past 5 years at the forefront of the Afrobeats genre, which has fast evolved into a movement taking the UK entertainment scene by storm.
Facebook: MOVE WITH KB
Danielle Aleshea – Make Up Artist (MUA)
Danielle Aleshea is the founder of her beauty business: D.A.Makeup, she is a self taught makeup artist and started her venture in 2016. Danielle has been practising makeup for over eight years and has also enjoys face painting for younger children . Danielle’s services specialise in; male grooming, night out makeup, bridal makeup, video/photoshoots, festival/carnival makeup and editorial makeup.
Danielle has recently worked with the Bkchat Ldn cast and has done makeup for a couple of cast members and would love to collaborate with makeup and fashion brands as well as work on more video shoots in the near future.
DAPS provides creative services to business professionals and individuals.
The core purpose of our business is to produce work that meets our client’s needs, regardless of their budget or professional level.
Our specialist areas include: MARKETING & PROMOTIONAL MATERIAL * LOGOS & STATIONERY * BROCHURES, BOOKLETS & PRESENTATIONS * MEDIA PACKAGING (CD/DVD) * SCREEN GRAPHICS (WEB/VIDEO) * CLOTHING GRAPHICS * FORMAL & INFORMAL PHOTOGRAPHY, including PRODUCT PHOTOGRAPHY.
If you require Artwork, Printing or Photography for your product or event, please make contact via phone, text or email.
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.