Sometimes you don't have to travel far to remember the feeling of HOME.
"When I was creating HOME I wanted to create an alternative and positive way to look at what being at home meant. Everyone was eager to be outside more, after being in our homes for a long period of time due to the lockdowns, and I wanted to shift the focus on what HOME could mean.
To create an in-depth storyline of HOME, I looked to music from Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa for inspiration. I listened to stories from Family and watched dance videos from Friends back in Zimbabwe to remind myself of what Home was like.
In Melbourne, I looked at the dance community I was involved in and how I connected to new people using Afro Dance. I discussed Jamaican culture and dance with Chuby Dice to find similarities that connected us. We not only found similarities in dance moves but in how we connected to people around us through dance, no matter the age or other differences. We also found that people in Melbourne connected to our dance styles because they are social dance, anyone can get involved.
Through this process, HOME was created. A short dance film that focuses on two dancers who navigate their way through life during the Lockdowns. The dancers use Afro Dance and Dancehall to share their experiences and help each other find hope, community and the feeling of HOME again in their everyday lives."
Lerato Masiyane - Actress, Filming and Editor
Kimberly Summer - Editor
Desmond Malcolm (Chuby Dice) - Actor and Filming
"I created HOME to help people to feel connected to others and themselves through culture and dance. I am so grateful that I got to be part of the Ahead of The Curve Program. It means a lot to be able to showcase what I love to do and create with people in my community, sharing joy with anyone we can reach."
Presented as part of MAV’s Ahead of the Curve program.
Supported by The Victorian Department of Families, Fairness and Housing.
Dancer and Instructor
Lerato Masiyane AKA Lee, is one of the top dance performers and instructors in Melbourne specializing in Afro Dance and Dancehall. She has opened for International Dancehall musicians such as Beenie Man and performed with some of Australia’s highest profile musicians including Sampa the Great and Baker Boy. She shares her culture by teaching Afro Dance to diverse communities around Victoria.