Antics and Vision Paradox present “Hip Hop Dancers Talk About Why They Vote” – a series of six talented hip hop dancers sharing their personal stories about why they dance and why they vote.
These dancers speak from the heart about why voting is a form of self-expression just like dancing. They believe that democracy is strongest when young people participate. They hope to use their dance skills to inspire other young people to register to vote, to vote, and to participate in democracy.
Meet Aminah Jackson from Los Angeles. She’s determined to use her dancing as a way to express her thoughts and help her peers understand the importance of voting.
“I also believe in artivism. With voting, I feel like that is one platform to actually push issues that matter to you. And to have democracy reflect more of what you want and what your community wants. AndI think that’s the same with dance. You are part of communities that reflect and mirror back to you the things that are important to you.” – Aminah Jackson
Antics is a hip hop dance theater company based in Los Angeles under the artistic direction of Amy “Catfox” Campion. Antics creates multimedia street dance performances that incorporate breaking, locking, popping, waacking, house dance, krump, poetry, theater, and film into virtuosic and provocative performances. Founded in 2007, Antics dancers represent the best in L.A. with credits that include major films, TV shows, and music videos. Antics is committed to empowering communities through hip hip dance residencies, workshops, and lecture demonstrations.
ANTICS SOLIDARITY STATEMENT
Antics stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and the fight for racial justice. We believe it’s our responsibility to undo racism. Hip Hop originated in marginalized Black, Latinx, and Immigrant communities in the Bronx during the 1970s and has become one of America’s greatest cultural creations. We are committed to dismantling White supremacy, patriarchy, and the systems of oppression that gave rise to Hip Hop in the first place.
We also believe it’s important to recognize the global significance of Hip Hop culture and to welcome people of all identities who wish to learn about and create Hip Hop with integrity. Anyone can love and appreciate Hip Hop. Anyone can study Hip Hop. And anyone who works hard and finds inspiration can create dope Hip Hop art.
Antics’ mission is to empower people of all backgrounds through hip hop dance. We believe in collective liberation and the intersectionality of the struggles for LGBTQ rights, Immigrant rights, Indigenous rights, Women’s rights, Environmental Justice and Science. We support the protesters and activists fighting for justice across all of these movements. We are committed to listening to, working alongside, and amplifying the voices of those who are at the forefront of these struggles.
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