In a world where we are increasingly disconnected, Dancehall culture is bringing hope to Australians. For retiree John it offers a way to rebuild his self-esteem post-divorce but, having never danced before, can he learn the steps? For workaholic Kayla, finding a place to express herself around other women of colour is a lifeline. For grieving Sam, dance is helping her to process her trauma. Will this unlikely troupe help each other heal as they prepare to take to the stage?
SHAKE celebrates some of Jamaica’s most prolific dancers, now living in Australia, and the many lives they have transformed through their inclusive Dancehall programs. Each dance step in Dancehall has been created to reflect real life: whether it’s dishing out the rice at dinner, collecting your paycheque from the ATM, loving or fighting, Dancehall offers participants a radical, endorphin inducing way to express themselves. And it’s taken Australia by storm.
This film is about much more than dance, it’s about finding social connection, meaning behind movement, physical empowerment, and a way to process trauma. SHAKE reimagines our notions of dance by celebrating culturally and gender diverse participants aged from 7 to 70 on stage for the first time. This dynamic, feel-good film will have audiences dancing, literally!