On 30th October 2014 we joined ADAD in The Government of Quebec Offices, London for a special soirée event.
The evening was a chance for the Association of Dance of the African Diaspora (ADAD) and its sister organisations Dance UK, Youth Dance England and National Dance Teachers Association to champion its Trailblazer initiative. Ukachi Akalawu, who has been a dance advocate for ADAD since 2004, gave a presentation at the soirée.
She spoke about how ADAD has had such as influence on her career and of her excitement looking forward to the new era. Ukachi is involved with the Trailblazer Champions, which is supported by Dance UK on its Dancer's Mentoring Programme. Its aim is to cultivate excellence in dance of the African Diaspora by offering a training and mentoring development programme for individuals working in the field.
Additionally, ADAD's 2014 Re:Generations Conference programme was announced. Now in its 3rd year and with a focus on 'rethinking the past to reimagine the future', the conference will take place between 6th and 8th November 2014. It will feature keynote addresses, panel discussions, papers, and workshops on dance and the African diaspora.
Over the event there will be a number of performances including Ugandan dance crew Tabu-Flo, who gave us a taster session of its inspiring urban dance at the soirée, and Artistic Director of Breakin' Convention Jonzi D, who took to the floor as well.
Thank you ADAD and Dance UK, once again, for inviting us.
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