Building Bridges Through Dance

From left: Suleman Malik, Bilal Malik and Nasir Sirikhan. Just chilling, looking cool AF.

Quick Style is an Oslo-based international dance group and creative agency best known for their unique style and infusion of various Asian cultures in their projects, with one of their most notable being the Strawhatz concept. The latest manifestation of their passion for dance comes in the form of Quick Style Studio China, a collaborative studio created with China’s Sinostage, which debuted last year in Chengdu. With this project, they’re eager to show that dance is an activity anyone can partake in as well as showcase the value of dance as an outlet of creativity and self-expression. Since opening, the joint-run studio has often invited international teachers to open a cross-cultural dialogue with Chengdu’s local community using the language of dance. At a time when many are speaking of building walls, Quick Style shows us how we can build bridges through dance and cultural exchange. To better understand Quick Style’s cross-cultural entrepreneurship efforts, we talked to Bilal Malik, one of the three co-founders of Quick Style, to find out more about their work and experiences in China.

Quick Style teaching a class in Chengdu (2016)

Neocha: How did the idea to start a Quick Style dance studio in China come about? What was it about the country that made it stand out as a potential location for your second studio?

Bilal Malik: The idea came about on our first trip to China. We checked out different dance communities and held workshops all over China. We explored the food, culture, music, people, and different places of China; we also met up with dancers around the country. We realized that it was not like Europe, the U.S., or any other Asian countries we have been to…

For the rest of this interview, please go to Neocha: Culture and Creativity in Asia.

Facebook: @thequickstyle
YouTube: ~/TheQuickStyle
Instagram: @thequickstyle
Twitter: @thequickstyle

Contributor: Aleesha Suleman
Images & Videos Courtesy of Quick Style & Sinostage

Originally published at neocha.com on December 4, 2017. Click on the link to see the rest of the story. (Do it! I promise you won’t regret it!)

--

--

--

Identity, personality and relationships: works-in-progress. Join me in the unearthing of myself through my writing. Karibuni!

Love podcasts or audiobooks? Learn on the go with our new app.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Aleesha Suleman

Aleesha Suleman

Identity, personality and relationships: works-in-progress. Join me in the unearthing of myself through my writing. Karibuni!

More from Medium

Howard’s Odyssey — Chapter 1

Article Review: Adverse birth outcomes for all births went down in states that participated in the…

tudents of the Faculty of Biology do not want to live 100 years or more

5 amputee life hacks for a good socket fit while on the go