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Jarryd Watson

Jarryd Watson

Jarryd Watson is a professional contemporary and hip hop dancer, actor and artistic director & entrepreneur who has worked in the arts & dance industry for 17 years. He runs the Dance Movement inclusive arts disability dance company. He received his dance education from Dance Educators of South Africa (DESA) and the Performing Arts Centre of Education (PACE) where he also trained and developed his skills as an actor, theatre musical singing and direction. Later, he diversified his skills further in the Film and Television industry where he has worked on low budget and high budget film as production coordinator, 3rd assistant director, actor and assisting accounts. He has performed in local and national professional shows and productions as a lead dancer/actor in New “Beginnings” (Durban Playhouse), Fame” (Courtyard Theatre), “Once Voice” (Sneddon theatre), Bollywood/Hollywood (Suncoast Zone), East meets West (Emperor Palace in Johannesburg), Ratanga Junction Hip Hop production (Ratanga Junction in Cape Town), South “A free mind” (Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre), “Funk it up” (Barnyard Theatre), and internationally he has dance in the Bollywood film “Race” in Indian. Internationally he has also performed in Ireland, Germany, England and Italy.

He has choreographed professional productions, showcases and competitions corporate shows and industrial theatre. He has performed at the Metro Music awards and at the IFATAV (Indian Film and Television) awards.  Currently he is the CEO & Artistic Director for the Wentworth arts & culture organisation and Dance Movement project.

Awards:

2003 Jarryd performed in the Yamaha Young Talent competition and won with his group.

2004 He was award the runner up to the Best Film Award at the Kingdom Film Festival

2006 He was selected to represent South Africa at the Berlin Talent Campus in Germany

2009 Won the choreography Competition at the National Creative Youth Arts Festival

2011 Was awarded the first inaugural Eric Shabalala Dance Champion Award at the Jomba Festival. This award recognises a dancer/performer for all they have contributed to dance in KZN and for the most developments in dance despite no funding or minimal support.

2013 Won the Ubuntu award at the KZN Durban Dancelink Awards. This award recognises holistically from an all-round artists/performer best choreography, most development and skills in dance, coordination and services to dance promotion in KZN and South Africa.

2017 Gold Achiever award for excellence in Dance

Links to work:

Durban Inclusivity Arts Festival

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