Oxford theater partners with hip hop dance group

A critically acclaimed professional hip hop dance theater company has joined an Oxford theater as company-in-residence.

Body Politic has joined Pegasus Theater in East Oxford and will run its hip hop dance classes for people aged 8-25 and work with the theater on a range of projects.

Body Politic Artistic Director Emma-Jane Greig said, “Pegasus has such a special place in my heart. As a teenager, I was involved in Pegasus’ Youth Dance Company. It’s a place that ignited my passion for dance and gave me the confidence to pursue it professionally.

“I feel very fortunate to now partner with Pegasus, and hope that by participating in one of our programs, we can empower the next generation of young dancers.

“We already have a lot of exciting things in the works, from regular classes, dance leadership programs to training opportunities for young people. This is just the beginning!”

Pegasus Theater in East Oxford

Body Politic is a leading women-led organization whose work brings the voices of underrepresented communities both on and off stage. They are passionate about bringing cultural experiences to those who face significant barriers.

Pegasus Theatre’s Director of Creative Learning John McCraw said, “Pegasus is thrilled to partner with Body Politic to bring hip hop lessons to young people and raise the profile of hip hop and street dance. as an art form in the city and beyond. We look forward to working together on several initiatives that will enrich the lives of young people through our expertise, experience and shared values. »

Spring Body Politic hip-hop classes at Pegasus are available for reservation now, including Hip Hop Juniors for ages 8-11, Hip Hop Seniors for ages 11-15, and Hip Hop Crew for ages 16-25 .

Hip Hop Crew is for more experienced dancers and offers a chance to learn the artistic and choreographic processes adopted by Body Politic when creating professional work.

Oxford Mail: Children taking lessons at the Pegasus Theatre.  Photo: Anna Sturrock. Children taking part in lessons at the Pegasus Theatre. Photo: Anna Sturrock.

There are a limited number of supported free places available for Pegasus-based classes for young people who face significant financial barriers.

Claire Thompson, Director of Dancin’ Oxford and Head of Arts Development for Oxford City Council, added: “Body Politic’s performances fit perfectly into their educational work, developing and nurturing the talents of the younger generation, with inspiring and talented role models.

“It’s a business that Dancin’ Oxford and Oxford City Council’s cultural team are proud to support.”

In addition to professional tours, Body Politic organizes enriching participation programs which consist of regular classes, workshops, leadership training and internships.

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