A critically acclaimed professional hip hop dance theater company has joined an Oxford theater as a company in residence.
Body Politic has joined the Pegasus Theater in East Oxford and will host their hip hop dance lessons for ages 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 participated in the Pegasus’ Youth Dance Company. It is 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!”
Body Politic is a flagship, women-led organization whose work strengthens the voices of under-represented communities both on and off the stage. They are passionate about bringing cultural experiences to those who face significant obstacles.
Pegasus Theater Creative Learning Director John McCraw said: “Pegasus is excited to partner with Body Politic to deliver 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 combined expertise, experience and shared values.
Body Politic’s Spring Hip Hop Classes at Pegasus are available to book now, including Hip Hop Juniors for ages 8-11, Hip Hop Seniors for ages 11-15, and Hip Hop Crew for ages 16-25. years.
Hip Hop Crew is aimed at more experienced dancers and offers a chance to learn the artistic and choreographic processes adopted by Body Politic when creating professional work.
There are a limited number of free and supported places available for Pegasus-based courses for young people facing significant financial barriers.
Claire Thompson, Director of Dancin ‘Oxford and Head of Arts Development for Oxford City Council added: “Body Politic’s performances fit in perfectly with their educational work, developing and nurturing the talents of the younger generation. , with inspiring and talented models.
“This is a business that Dancin ‘Oxford and the Oxford City Council cultural team are proud to support. ”
In addition to professional tours, Body Politic runs rewarding participation programs that consist of regular classes, workshops, leadership training and internships.