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Leeds-based dance group recognised with award from council

HONOUR: RJC Dance director and co-founder Kathy Williams accepting the award at the ceremony last week

RJC DANCE – an inclusive black dance organisation – scooped the award for cultural project of the year at last week’s 2018 Leeds City Council Compassionate City Awards.

The awards, which are in their second year, recognise and celebrate the work of the city’s unsung heroes and support the council’s aim for Leeds to be the best city in the UK.

The cultural project of the year award is awarded to organisations that work with communities to celebrate the diverse cultural landscape of the Leeds through a range of activities, such as dance, music, art or sport.

Kathy Williams, RJC Dance director and co-founder, said: “We’re really honoured that we’ve won this award. Our work reaches out to the community around us – in Chapeltown – but we also engage with national organisations to develop the diversity of black British dance as an art form. The team here – including our participates – are passionate about celebrating the cultural landscape of Leeds and the north of England, and it is fantastic that this is recognised by Leeds City Council.”

Based in Chapeltown, RJC Dance is the leading inclusive black dance organisation in the north of England, empowering young people and adults through movement.

Youth development and education is at the heart of the work that the organisation undertakes and their aim is to inspire, nurture and develop the next generation of diverse artists.

This adds to the growing list of accolades that RJC Dance has won in 2018 – its 25th year.

Other honours include the award for Leeds West Indian Carnival Best Youth Troupe; Yorkshire Entertainment Generation award.

RJC Dance’s next event is their Christmas show, Still Blazin’, which will take place on Friday December 7 and Saturday December 8 at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Leeds.

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