Our annual celebration of culture inspired by the city, Urban, has returned, bringing not only hip-hop karaoke, urban gardening and spoken-word poetry, but also dancers getting down in style in every corner of Royal Festival Hall.
Want to join in? We’ve asked expert dancers from some of Urban’s dance companies in residence to share some steps.
‘Dancing is a sure way to a happier life’ says Uchenna Dance founder and creative director Vicki Igbokwe. And there’s the added bonus of learning some hot moves for your next work do or Friday night out.’ Vicki started Uchenna dance to share steps from house dance, waacking, vogue and African dance with students and performers. Her moves featured in the opening ceremony of London’s 2012 Olympic Games.
Pineapple Community is a community dance empire, which has made dance available to teachers and communities in London and the UK for the past 15 years. Instructor Abiola thinks there’s one big secret to great dancing: ‘If I teach someone a routine and they put their own little spin on it, that makes it more interesting to look at – and also if they look like they’re having a good time.’
Simeon Qsyea thinks people should learn to dance because ‘it’s something that’s been in our history since man was made... As soon as there’s music or a simple drum beat or a tap or a click of the finger, there’s something that engages us and makes us want to move our bodies.’ The BirdGang Dance Company founder has brought thought-provoking hip-hop-based moves to the BBC, Sadlers Wells, the X Factor and The O2.