Snowboy & The Jazz Dance Posse at the British Council, Tokyo
It was standing room only at the British Council in Tokyo for the first engagement of Snowboy’s Japan tour as people turned out in great numbers to see him talk about the history of UK Jazz Dance. This was just the first in a series of events organised for the launch of the Japanese edition of his book. In the crowd were Shuya Okino, Raphael Sebbag, Masato Nakamura (Sleep Walker), Yusuke and "Mattz" from quasimode, Goto from Sound Cream Steppers, DJ Tomi The Jazz Monk and more, all keen to hear Snowboy speak.
The talk gave a general overview of the history of the Jazz Dance scene in the UK and was animated with displays of video clips from the 80s through to the modern day featuring dancers such as IDJ, Brothers In Jazz and the Floor Technicians, as well as some recently discovered footage from the Electric Ballroom, getting its first airing in Japan.
Musically, the mood was set by Lincoln (BeBop Square), playing some classic tunes both before and after the talk, and for the second half of the event the audience was treated to a dance performance by two of Tokyo’s top dance groups ~ Stax Groove and ADSL. Having originally agreed to do a brief demonstration, the atmosphere was such that the dancers actually performed for close to half an hour.
Story: Sean Smith