Across the pages of Vogue’s March issue, a worldwide story celebrating creativity in motion includes everything from models dancing on the beaches of Ireland or walking the streets of downtown Beijing, splashing in the Australian sea or traipsing the rooftops of Lagos, all coming together to form an eclectic tapestry of how we find joy in movement across the furthest reaches of the globe. But for one of these subjects in particular, the escapism and thrill of dance is about more than just finding joy—over the past few years, it’s become something of a lifeline.
“I’ve danced since I was at school, but my dream was to have my own dance studio, so six years ago, I started my own group with 10 dancers,” says Elsalene Salligee, the founder of South African community dance group Swagg United. “We do competitions, we do community work, but we’ve always made sure it’s free. In our community, most people can’t afford to pay, and the fundraising often needs to go to more important things like schools or medicine. It was about doing it because we loved it.”