A native of the islands of Grenanda, Geraldine Armstrong moved to London in 1967 where she received her training in classical ballet and jazz dance under the instruction of Matt Mattox.
She danced in his company, Ballets Jazz Art, which he brought to Paris in 1975. Quickly, she was noticed by the French star Line Renaud and danced as a soloist in his spectacle, Paris Line.
She danced and choreographed for a number of companies, notably for Ballets Jazz Rick Odums, Reney Deshauteurs; and Gianin Loringett’s Off Jazz Dance Company.
While pursuing her dance career, she became an influential teacher in the world of jazz dance. Considered to be among one of the most engaged and dynamic voices of this generation she founded her company in 1988, subsidized by the council Général de l’Essonne for the creation of “Mama Kinte Blues”.
In 2008, she collaborated with Donald McKayle and the National Center for Dance for the revival of one of his flagship works, “Songs of the Disinherited” as part of the Dance and Resistance Project. Then in 2009, the Black Dance Project was born for the second part of Dance and Resistance, with the collaboration of the Ballets Jazz Rick Odums and the French National Center of Dance in Paris.
Reconstructing works of three major African American choreographers aware of the social and political role of our art: “Hex et Roots” by Eleo Pomare, “Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder” by Donald McKayle, and “For Truth” by Ronald K. Brown.
She has created ballets for the Ballets Jazz Rick Odums (Paris), The Vortex Dance Company (Moscow), the James Carles Company (Toulouse), the Grands Ballets de Martinique (Martinique), the Ballets de la Federation Française de la Danse (Paris), and The Bardar Dance Company (Norway). She has also been invited to a number of festivals, workshops, and other cultural events throughout Europe, Latin America, the Antilles, Russia, North Africa, and Israel.
Today, she participates in the National Center of Dance (CND) as part of the formal training of dancers and the formation for the Diplôme D’Etat. She is part of the educational team of the DNSPD (Diplôme National Supérieur Professionnel de Danseur) and is one of the principal teaches at IFPRO.
Open Courses: Afro-Jazz – Mondays 19:00-20:30