ABOUT US

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Who we are

We are a Carnival-Arts Dance Fitness brand that fuses West-Indian Carnival with Well-being.

 

We believe movement can be medicine to heal the mind, body and soul, so we promote self-love and holistic healthy lifestyles through the power of mindfulness, community Caribbean Carnival culture and hip-shaking, calorie-burning fun!

OUR VALUES:

Community and Inclusivity

Cultural Authenticity 

Well being

Innovation

Consistency

Equality

Meet the team

what we do

Soca dance classes

We provide high quality, calorie-burning, dynamic dance classes that engage people of all ages to improve their mental and physical health through Afro- Caribbean dance culture and wellbeing, in a supportive and communal environment.

Why?

  • Dance, rhythm and music is a common language amongst all people regardless of age, religion, orientation or other social-economic differences and thus can be used as a catalyst for socialisation. 

  • Dance can be used as a tool for personal expression, confidence building and stress relief, thus improving people’s mental health and enriching personal development 

  • We want to provide a social, educational and entertainment platform for people of all ages with diverse interests and backgrounds to engage with traditional and contemporary African and Caribbean performance art. 

We believe it is important to provide physical activity and entertainment that is easily accessible to all regardless of their social-economic backgrounds. This is to encourage social integration which is necessary to maintain equilibrium in the community, inspire self-confidence, combat loneliness and promote healthy living. We focus our outreach programme on senior citizens, key workers and individuals that are on low incomes.

 

Community Outreach
 

A Brief History of West-Indian Carnival

 

Rooted in African culture and French Catholicism, the French who came to Trinidad would hold elaborate masquerades before lent and the enslaved people would hold their own celebrations at night with symbolic masks, mimicry and dancing around the burning and harvesting of sugar cane. After slavery was abolished the African people use these celebrations as a protest of freedom and defiance and merged this with drumming, stick fighting, masquerading, steel pan and

African-derived religions all of which the British tried to outlaw but failed. Fast forward to Notting Hill in the 1950's which most concentrated populations of West Indians in the country, in the overcrowded clubs. In an effort to ease hostile race relations between refugees and the white English, Claudia Jones and later on Rhaune Laslett joined forces to organise what is now know as Nottginhil Carnival, an event that would bring the community together through Caribbean culture and Carnival.  

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Zaiah Arts Ltd.
London, United Kingdom
info@zaiaharts.com

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