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Black British Ballet

Shevelle Dynott

Ethnic heritage: Black British (Jamaican parents)

Year of birth: 1985

Training: Chance to Dance, Royal Ballet Lower and Upper Schools

Ballet Career: Dynott joined English National Ballet in 2005 where his roles included the Mouse King in The Nutcracker and the Moor in Fokine's Petrushka. He worked closely with the company’s outreach team and youth company and returned to the Royal Ballet to teach on their Chance to Dance programme.

Dance career: In 2022, Dynott became a patron of All England Dance, further solidifying his commitment to the advancement of the dance community. Beyond the ballet world, Dynott has graced the pages of high-fashion magazines, collaborating with renowned photographers such as Dave La Chappelle and Rankin. He has appeared in music videos and a range of festivals, including Glastonbury. He has also branched into acting, appearing in season two of the Netflix hit, Bridgerton.

Dynott is included in Simon Frederick's extraordinary 2016 portfolio of photographs of 37 influential black Britons, which now appears in the National Portrait Gallery's permanent archive. He was bestowed with the prestigious 40 x 40 Future Leader Award by the Black Cultural Archives in 2022.

In January 2022, Dynott led a workshop for 16 boys on the island of La Digue in The Seychelles and he was invited by the British High Commission to return to work with the students of the School of Performing Arts the following year.

As a trinket box art form, it is important to let all examine its wonder, only then it will move with the times and evolve as many other art forms have, to engage with more audiences and attract a mixture of individuals. To all you young dancers out there, enjoy, explore and play.
- Shevelle Dynott