Words by Emily Shapiro–
If you don’t already know Jae Blaze, it’s definitely time to get familiar. This super innovative Toronto-based choreographer has worked with everyone from Rihanna to The Black Eyed Peas to Nicki Minaj. She’s also put in work spreading dancehall style to the broader dance community and to the mainstream, having choreographed a routine to Mavado’s “Star Bwoy” on Canada’s So You Think You Can Dance, among other things.
Blaze has just released a short film that she both choreographed and directed, and it is mad! The seven-minute piece follows a man walking through various rooms, each showcasing musical and dance styles from a particular time period and genre. The first scene is a bashment party soundtracked by Konshens’ “Do Sum’n,” filled with neon, head-topping and crazy energy. The video continues with some Motown, burlesque and hip-hop, each scene showcasing tremendous talent and visual treats. Jae Blaze really exhibits her versatility as a choreographer and, just as importantly, director. Watching this, we can only imagine she’s got some big things in store for her upcoming projects.