Sunday, 30 March 2014

Equality in Hip-Hop Dancing

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Last weekend I went to Just Jam International dance off at Dance City Newcastle as part of Juice Festival and it was totally amazing. I never strike people as the hip-hop kind of girl but me and Emily are quite the fans and thus watched 7 hours of dance-offs last week. The event itself isn't what I want to talk about, I want to talk about the concept of dance-offs in hip-hop and what we can learn from them.

In a one on one battle difference is thrown out of the window, it's all about what you can do on the floor. It doesn't matter if you are 6 or 60; male or female; 'disabled' or 'able-bodied' you will battle against each other and as an observer you will be astounded at how close these battles are. This my friends is equality at its best.

I come across so many people who naively think we now live in an equal society but the fact of the matter is, we don't. We live in a society in which it is considered weird for me to buy a man a drink, let alone ask him out. We have a society that has a government so imbalanced in favour of Oxbridge, upperclass graduates and severely lacking in women it is no wonder people spend 90% of the time complaining about them. We live in a society in which, despite the legalisation of gay marriage, gay people are still targeted and particularly within schools so unsupported!

Out society is split and segregated in so many ways but I challenge you to take to the dancefloor and battle because on the floor it doesn't matter where you've came from or what you are, it's about how you move.

Hannah x

n.b. This event was in October 2013 and for some reason has jumped to the beginning of my posts.

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