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Dancers to celebrate diversity at event inspired by Jo Cox

DANCE DIVERSITY: Young people from RJC Dance’s Shahck Out Junior group

A DANCE organisation that has been nominated for a national diversity award will perform at The Great Get Together event in Chapeltown, Leeds, this weekend.

Young people from RJC Dance Youth Provision, the leading inclusive dance organisation in the North, have been invited to perform at a special event organised by the Inner North East Community Committee, which is part of a national initiative inspired by the murdered MP, Jo Cox.

Shahck Out Juniors, young people aged nine to 12 years, will perform “Fire”, a unique piece of urban contemporary dance, choreographed by Nillanthie Morton.

Kathy Williams, RJC Dance director said: “The Great Get Together is a really special event that synchronises communities, and we’re delighted to take part. We see the positive impact of our work on the Chapeltown community and this is a great chance to celebrate that with our neighbours.”

The first Great Get Together was held last year on the anniversary of Cox’s murder. This year her family have decided to move the celebrations to the weekend of what would have been her 44th birthday.

Cox’s sister, Kim Leadbeater, said: “Jo loved a celebration and, speaking as a proud Yorkshire lass, nobody can rival us for the best parties, but there are so many wonderful events planned for the end of June that I wish I could get to all of them. Britain is once again coming together to show our country at its best.

“I’m touched by how many people say they remember my sister’s words in Parliament when she said: ‘we have more in common than that which divides us’. On June 22-24 we can prove her right and help continue the work she started.

“I’m sure the Great Get Together in Chapeltown will be huge success and I hope everybody who gets involved has an amazing time”

The Great Get Together in Chapeltown takes place on Saturday, 23rd June from 11am – 3pm at The Reginald Community Hub, LS7 3EX. The event is free, and as well as dance performances and live music, there will also be face and henna painting, arts and crafts, and outdoor games. The event is supported by councillors Jane Dowson, Eileen Taylor and Mohammed Rafique.

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