HOTFOOT Autumn 2021 | 20th Anniversary Edition

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2021 CELEBRATING INSPIRING COMMUNITY PRACTITIONERS BY BRIONY STEPHENSON PLACEMENT STUDENT, MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY BA (DANCE)

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© Dani Bower for One Dance UK

Black History Month flew by and it was a time to reflect on the important moments and events in the history of the African Diaspora. It was a month dedicated to elevating and projecting some of the incredible Black voices and stories that make up our sector. As the sector support organisation for dance of all forms, the One Dance UK team continues to strive for racial equity and an equal platform for all, regardless of racial identity or background.

why we launched three prize pots, putting funds straight into the hands of those creating, crafting, teaching, and sharing the power of dance within their communities.”

As part of a wider campaign around Black History Month, One Dance UK wanted to celebrate and support some of the incredible work happening in dance of the African Diaspora (DAD) around the country. We gave away three prizes of £250 to members of the DAD community who are working towards brighter futures in dance.

Michael Glasgow On behalf of UK Breakin’

We received many wonderful stories about DAD practitioners and their amazing efforts to support their communities. Congratulations to the three selected winners:

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Judith Palmer On behalf of African Heritage UK AFRICANHERITAGEUK.COM

Jazlyn Pinckney, One Dance UK’s Head of Workforce Development, said “We wanted Annette Walker to do more than just celebrate; we wanted Freelance dance artist WWW.SCOTTISHDANCETHEATRE.COM/ to directly support the continued growth of INSTAGRAM.COM/ANNETTEUK WORKS/TUTUMUCKY those amazing people and projects coming from dancers of the African Diaspora. That’s


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