3 June 2020 18:11
We are a diverse dance community
The RAD feels that it is important to come forward, along with many others, to speak out against racism and racial inequality, and to support the Black Lives Matter movement.
As an international organisation with a mission to bring dance to everyone, we are deeply saddened by injustice in any part of the world. We stand for equality and inclusion, and we decry racism and discrimination. Art has the power to overcome and it is our duty that we add our voice to draw attention to injustice where it happens, and that our actions work towards making real change. We know we must do better.
We stand with you. As a diverse dance community, we will not stay silent in the face of injustice and inequality. Change does not come unless we speak and stand together. #BlackLivesMatter
Celebrating black artists
We have been inspired by Noma Dumezweni, actor and recent guest editor of Dance Gazette, who suggested to her followers that following on from #blackouttuesday they share examples of Black artists and creativity that they found inspiring. In response, we have selected just some of the people who have influenced the world of dance through their teaching, performing, and dancing.
- RAD alumni and Birmingham Royal Ballet Principal, Celine Gittens, shares her story in RAD Voices.
- ‘Work with it or let me go’ – an interview with Genée 2015 gold medallist Leroy Mokgatle.
- LauREN Beharie on being a Black ballet dancer and influencing change.
- An interview with Mike Wamaya, who is bringing dance to deprived areas in Kenya and who won a global teacher prize.
- ‘Buck’s fizz’ – street dancer, actor and model, Lil Buck, on jookin’ and ballet.
- Misty Copeland in Vogue, discussing dismantling barriers in dance.
Here are links to resources for education, donations, petitions and other ways to get involved in speaking out against racism.
As an organisation we want to celebrate the successes of dancers of all ethnicities and backgrounds. Who has inspired you? Get in touch and let us know.