We have been emotionally overwhelmed and sick in our hearts to see so much suffering. We were waiting to make a statement about the Black Lives Matter movement because we just didn’t know what to say, and didn’t want to be another echo chamber in the sea of voices on social media.
The world is calling for truth.
We’re a small studio run by two women of colour. Whilst we’re tiny, we’re proud to have created a space where people genuinely feel they belong.
Stereotypes and assumptions need to be challenged every day. We fully intend to make a positive impact for the black community, but this has to be well thought out with longevity.
We’re passionate about equality and have neither an ethnic nor gender pay gap. The professionals we hire to teach come from a range of ethnic backgrounds and many, like our students, have been with us for a long time. We’re acutely aware of racism, homophobia and sexism, and have tried to build an environment where none of them are tolerated.
Whilst talking to our London Dance Academy family, we realise we need to do more. As a Dance School we need to explore where we can make a difference.
In the meantime we are supporting organisations such as VOYAGE – a social justice charity that aims to empower marginalised black young people and provide them with the self-awareness and motivation to transform themselves and their communities. And Show Racism the Red Card – an anti-racism education charity.
We have donated to these charities as a studio, and we collaborated with them when doing the Gloria Event promoting them and donating part of the proceeds.
Please continue to send us your suggestions, and feedback.