Join Us for a Day of Dance: Justice in Motion’s Deca’thon part of our Spring Dance Festival

Are you ready to dance your way into spring? We’re thrilled to invite you to join us for an exhilarating day of movement and rhythm as Justice in Motion presents its Deca’thon to celebrate its 10th year!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, 9th March, and get ready to embark on a 10-hour dance journey like no other.

Starting bright and early at 10 am at the historic Old Fire Station in Oxford, Deca’thon promises a day filled with joy, creativity, and community spirit. Each hour brings a new dance workshop led by talented instructors, covering an array of styles from ballet and tap to Bollywood and breakdancing. Whether you’re a seasoned dancer or taking your first steps onto the dance floor, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Under the guidance of Justice in Motion’s Artistic Director, Anja Meinhardt, this event celebrates not just dance, but also a decade of artistic excellence and social impact. Justice in Motion has been at the forefront of using physical theatre to raise awareness about social injustice, and Deca’thon is a testament to their commitment to creating change through art.

But Deca’thon isn’t just about dancing – it’s also about coming together as a community. As Claire Thompson, Director of Dancin’ Oxford, beautifully puts it, “Nobody else does what Justice in Motion does – bringing awareness to issues of social injustice in a way that is exciting and entertaining.” So, whether you’re a long-time supporter or new to the scene, we invite you to be part of this special day.

And the best part? Deca’thon is not just about dancing; it’s also a fundraiser for Justice in Motion. Simply show up at the Old Fire Station, donate what you can at the door, and let the rhythm carry you away. No need to book in advance – just bring your energy and enthusiasm, and let’s dance for a cause.

WORKSHOP PROGRAMME

10:00 – Ballet with Hara Kyriazi

The ballet class will be an open level class and we will focus on the movement of the arms and the use of our upper body. We will start with some barre exercises followed by centre work, combinations across the floor and a cool down. Ballet shoes are always preferable to wear. Modifications will also be provided.

11:00 – Tap Dance with Lexi Bradburn / Sole Rebel Tap

Suitable for complete beginners, Lexi from tap-dance+ company Sole Rebel will be teaching a few basic tap steps and some fun musicality games, alongside a short routine to get your rhythm flowing! Tap shoes not essential

12:00 – Bollywood with Kavya Iyer

This is going to be an energetic Bollywood dance session open to all levels and ages. Bollywood, which is usually inspired by a variety of dance styles, is a fun way to get moving! You will get to experience a bit of everything — some drama and expressions, the meaning and context of the song and of course, the dance moves! 🙂 No prior experience is required.

13:00 – Breakdance with Nikita Shepelev

We will have a warm up and stretching session, and then Nikita will cover breakdancing basics such as toprock, footwork and some freezes.

And as a cherry on top we will have a little jam in the circle where everyone will be able to improvise and have fun with it!

14:00 – All Inclusive Dance with Jane Castree

The inclusive dance session is an opportunity  for people of all physical abilities and is fun, creative and a great way to get moving. Everything can be done seated or standing and can be taken at your own pace so come and join us and discover your inner dancer.

15:00 – Contemporary Dance with Krystal Dawn Campbell

Krystal Dawn Campbell is a freelance physical performer, creator and collaborator. She has worked and continues to work with various UK dance companies and independent artists, using her physicality and creativity to create live and filmed performances. She also choreographs, directs and performs in her own works.

16:00 – Lindy Hop with Eleanor Stride and Al Marshall

Lindy Hop is a joyful and sociable dance genre with deep roots in the African American communities of New York in the first half of the 20th century. Lindy Hop spread across the world during the Swing Era of the 1930s and 40s and Lindy Hop is now a global phenomenon, with thriving swing schools teaching from Stockholm to Seoul (and Oxford, of course!).

17:00 – African Dance with Lakica Grace

18:00 – Bachata with Sergio Fernandez

Sergio is from Spain and has been dancing Latin rhythms for over 10 years.  He started teaching bachata in Oxford almost five years ago, running regular classes and creating a new bachata community in Oxford.

19:00 – Freestyle Session with DJ George

George has over 18 years experience in Parkour, being one of the early adopters when the sport landed in the UK from France. Known for his raw and explosive style, George has travelled the world meeting parkour communities, has placed 5th in the World Freerunning Championships, performed in film, TV and live performance, and coaches through London Parkour Academy.

 

March 5, 2024