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Words by Natalie Weiner—
If you’ve never lived in the Caribbean, it can be difficult to fully grasp certain parts of the culture. There’s a lot of potential for embarrassment when your favorite dancehall song comes on and you want to be out there on the floor with the best of them… but your moves are not quite Kingston-ready. Or even outside-your-living-room-ready.
That’s where dancer Latonya Style and Australia-based Jamaican artist (and LargeUp favorite) Robin Clare come in. They’ve created a zine entitled Stylish Moves that includes step-by-step illustrations for 13 popular dancehall steps (in the style of Clare’s Dancing Words prints), as well as dictionaries of Jamaican slang, photos, and advice for aspiring dancers. Just as useful for experienced dancers as the choreographically challenged, it also includes some advanced techniques, too (like the Flash It & Dash It).
Words by Blacka di Danca, Photos by Addy Alexander—
The most unexpected things always seem to turn out to be the best things. A few days ago, I had the opportunity to experience a most unexpected, yet seemingly predestined, experience.
Words by LargeUp Crew—
Right now the cold weather has your typical New Yorker plotting their escape to the beach. Brooklyn and LargeUp’s own international ambassador Blacka Di Danca, however, is headed in a different direction on his winter vacation. Blacka, who’s brought his dancehall workshops to Siberia and Mexico in the past month alone, is headed east for his third European trek this year.
Words by Blacka Di Danca, Photos by Ukay—
New York City-based dancer and choreographer extraordinaire Blacka di Danca has been traveling the world spreading the gospel of dancehall through classes and appearances at top dance studios and clubs from Mexico to Siberia. For his latest adventure, he’s tackled a project much closer to home: bringing the first full dancehall theater production of its kind to the stage, right in his backyard in Brooklyn, NYC.
Words by Blacka Di Danca—
New York City-based dancer extraordinaire Blacka Di Danca has been traveling the world spreading the gospel of dancehall through classes and appearances at top dance studios and clubs from Latin America to Siberia (yes, Siberia). For Blacka, it’s not just about teaching steps but serving as an ambassador for his culture: at just 23, he’s broken down barriers, and introduced people to the ethos and history of dancehall in places where the genre has only previously been experienced via computer screen. As Blacka’s journeys have grown increasingly frequent, we thought it was time he held down his own column on LargeUp. Here, he reports back from his latest excursion, to North America’s largest metropolis: Mexico City.