Born in Amsterdam, raised in Barcelona and now living in London, DJ and life coach Max Kion
uses dance as a creative outlet – something that she began to take seriously during the nationwide lockdown in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"I've always loved music and I've always loved to dance, but I'd never really taken it super seriously until the lockdown that's just passed in the UK," says Max. "That's when I really started to sit down, practise and learn stuff and I realised how much I loved it. That was my creative outlet, especially with house music – you can't not be happy when you're dancing to that. It's just my way of staying sane, really."
As well as featuring in music videos for house music producers, Max is also part of a group of shuffle dancers who gather in various locations across London with a set of speakers and a DJ.
"The vibes are so uplifting and so unified that it really becomes like a big community and that's where I recharge every week," says Max of her Sunday shuffle dance group.
South East London dancer and architect Dottz Brown
is also part of the group and began dancing 13 years ago with friends.
"I actually started dancing when I was 15, pretty much at the birth of YouTube," explains Dottz. "Then on my 18th birthday, my sister got me a Canon camera when I finished school as a graduation present. I started making my own videos on YouTube just as a place to step back and try something. Every six months I would link up with a group of friends in Trafalgar Square in London and we would trade moves, practise and make videos. Basically, I got the bug when I was young and I never stopped."