Ex-professional darts player, Lower Beechmont My African heritage teaches me that dance is something to be shared and never to be claimed as your own. When we dance together, the moves are owned by the people. When I dance it heals my heart and cleanses my soul. My earliest memories of dance are as a child, when all the kids in the neighbourhood would get together and dance in the street. In Africa, we use dance to translate everyday life experiences into movement. It’s a form of communication, communicating love, joy, competition, rivalry, courage, and, believe it or not, fear and sorrow as well. Most Africans sing and dance even at funerals.