On the first Wednesday of every month we host our #AlliesInArt series at the Refugee Council Children's Section in Croydon. These sessions are really important to us because it's our chance to bring in external artists who we feel will continue to act as allies in the music industry for young refugees once they meet and engage with them. Each session brings a different genre of music or activity to the council, a burst of energy, and not a small element of surprise.
This past Wednesday we welcomed Mike Soper and his wicked1920s swing band along with pro dancers Peter Hetherington and Lotta Lehvävirta. Due to the extreme vulnerability of our participants, we can't share the videos we have of the soul train we did, the choreographed moves we worked on, or the RIOTOUS freestyle boogie we had. But take our word for it: it was HOPPIN!
The founders, Anna and Alyson