Nahum McLean trained in his hometown, Manchester under the direction of Darren Pritchard and Imani Jendai, and then at The Hammond School where his training began in earnest.
Beginning his career early, Nahum travelled to Havana, Cuba, to train and work under Laura Alonso, where he performed and choreographed for Ballet Laura Alonso.
Soon after, he moved to New York to study at The Ailey School as a scholar student, where he achieved The Alvin Ailey Scholarship Award, during his time, Nahum performed with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Complexions Contemporary Ballet.
Nahum went on to work and assist the great director, Dr. George Faison, in The Wiz, and other various projects in New York City, as well as with African dance company, Harambee Dance. Nahum became a member of the New York Dance Lab, working closely with choreographers such as Camille A. Brown, Marcelo Gomes and Andy Blankenbuelher. This led on to working with Camille A. Brown and Dancers.
Nahum then went on to tour with the International Company of West Side Story, during this time, he directed and produced ‘TokyoSideStory’ receiving excellent reception from the theatre community worldwide.
He continued his performing career on the West End in London where he was critically acclaimed for his performances in Inala - A Zulu Ballet, as well as in Singapore and China. Following on from Inala, Nahum joined the Richard Alston Dance Company.
Nahum is the founder of the ADDA (African Diaspora Dance Association) as well as a lecturer of dance at various universities and dance schools across the UK.
‘Every time the contained and agile dancer Nahum McLean appeared he summoned welcome tone.’
Marian Kennedy - London Theatre
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‘Each dancer is offered at party piece from spinning top dancer Nahum McLean, in a round of dizzying multiple turns’