We are a group of young women in Year 12 and Year 13 who have the opportunity to work with our teacher, professional dancers (Fumy, Chanelle and Kloe), a professional counsellor (Pauline) and women’s rights activists to call attention to our bodies and feelings in safe, lively and joyful ways.
We meet once a week after the school day to talk, eat and dance together. We work with different dance and musical styles of West African and African-Caribbean roots, such as bashment, afrobeats, dancehall and more. These styles can be stigmatised by the mainstream media as scandalous and sexualised with little attention to the rich histories of cultural expression embodied in their movements.
By dancing together at the end of the school day, we have an opportunity to relax, restore balance and reclaim these dance forms for ourselves.