Educating & Entertaining

Telling the story of survival of enslavement in Jamaica through the medium of dance

Promoting Jamaican Culture

Proud to promote the Jamaican Quadrille dancing in the UK, across all communities, cultures and age groups.

Affirmation of inner strength

Quadrille dancing is an affirmation of the inner strength, wisdom and resilience of our ancestors.

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Dancing the Quadrille – A Celebration of Triumph over Oppression

JANUKA have been happily dancing the quadrille – Jamaican style – since 2005. We thoroughly enjoy dancing and take great pride in promoting what we strongly believe is our Jamaican cultural heritage. Why do I continue to dance quadrille? On a few occasions, I have been asked – Why do I continue to dance quadrille, […]

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JANUKA Website Launch Event

By Cliff Purchase and Beverley Bogle It was a chilled December evening on Friday 15th December 2012, when over 100 friends of JANUKA and their family gathered in the Calabash Community Centre in Lewisham, to experience a momentous occasion in the launch of JANUKA’s Website and Logo. The atmosphere was filled with anticipation, mingled with the […]

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JANUKA quadrille dance music

Background music to our quadrille dance:   The musical accompaniment to our quadrille dance is a lively mixture of traditional, contemporary and popular music with the appropriate rhythm and beat and aesthetically acceptable lyrics. This  include 20th Century mento, gospel and dance hall genres. A variety of  background music help to engage and maintain audience interest, as it highlight […]

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What our African – Jamaican ancestors wore for “dressing up” on special occasions

Our African ancestors from diverse cultural backgrounds took their colourful, rich and unique dress customs to Jamaica. When opportunities arose they used their knowledge, experience and skills to dress up in artistically designed clothes with matching accessories, in order to nurture and maintain links with their homeland and maintain cultural pride in their appearance. Slave […]

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Tribute to JANUKA by Ralph Waithe

A Journey with JANUKA: I became aware of JANUKA in 2009 and the Quadrille dance quickly stirred my cultural and spiritual awareness. The dynamic drumming that precedes JANUKA performances holds my captive interest; it evokes the memory of our African slave ancestors whose adaptation of Ballroom Style to Camp Style became a medium of communication, […]

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What our African – Jamaican ancestors wore for sugar plantation work

According to Buckeridge. S, (2004) Slave owners were legally obliged to provide clothing for their slaves annually, with a menial penalty for non-conforming. This annual issue of clothing reinforced slave dependence and subordination. The type of clothing issued was meant to be suitable and practical for plantation work; of inferior quality to maintain social distance […]

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Tribute to JANUKA by Cliff Purchase

I personally have known JANUKA for approximately 8 years. During that time, I have seen a group of women, who met in 2005 under the tutelege of “Mr Desmond Clarke” to learn quadrille, develop into a formidable group of quadrille dancers.  I can recount meeting them during those early days of rehearsal at an Antenatal Clinic […]

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Factors influencing the design of our costumes

1. Our African ancestors’ dress code: Africans love to “dress up”. Emphasis on appropriate dress is apparently central to all social, economic, spiritual and cultural functioning in African societies. Ritual dressing for special occasions required covering the body in visually attractive clothing. The wearing of animal skin and leather; face and body scarring and painting; […]

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Tribute to JANUKA by Gennette Edwards

Hello Beverley and the JANUKA group, Congratulations on all your past events and launch of website. The launch evening was so lovely and must have been very special for everyone. Januka has achieved a lot over the years. My favourite aspect of the group is their sense of respect, dignity and pride in promoting Jamaica’s culture, history […]

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Tribute to JANUKA by Caspar James

I met members of JANUKA first at a fundraising party in London and was immediately overwhelmed by their warm hospitality and boundless energy; dancing quadrille in between serving up courses of delicious food and fine drinks! I was determined that they should come to Norwich where myself and my organisation, Culture Crossroads, have put on […]

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