Isaac Blake, curator, choreographer, dancer, director, movement tutor, puppeteer and animatronic performer, is a Romani Gypsy who has worked as a professional dancer and choreographer. He is currently executive director of the Romani Cultural and Arts Company (RCAC) in Cardiff, UK, which is funded by the Centre for Equality and Diversity, BBC Children in Need, the Big Lottery Fund, Cardiff City Council and Newport City Council. He works with Gypsy, Romani and Traveller communities across the country.
From 2000 to 2003, Blake studied dance theatre at the Laban Dance Centre (now the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London). At Laban, he worked with numerous artists and companies, including Adventures in Motion Pictures (AMP), DV8 and the Ballet Rambert. After graduating from Laban, he continued his studies in New York at the Martha Graham School. Later he choreographed performances at the Wales Millennium Centre and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where he continues to teach.
As executive director of the Romani Cultural and Arts Company, Blake has organised arts and performance programmes for young children and adults on Gypsy and Traveller caravan sites, worked in schools and colleges and promoted the arts among Gypsies, Roma and Travellers throughout Wales as a medium for empowerment and advocacy. He has engaged widely with non-Gypsy communities to support dialogue and improve social cohesion. Under his leadership and management, the RCAC has grown from a small voluntary group to a major third-sector (NGO) agency in Wales focused on Romani and Traveller issues and a leading actor in Romani and Traveller advocacy and empowerment in the UK.