Jul 26, 2014
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Nuh Linga: Blacka Di Danca’s Europe Dancehall Workshop Tour

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As we’ve noted recently, it’s the dancers who are really becoming some of the main ambassadors for dancehall culture internationally. Among those leading the way is our friend Blacka di Danca. LargeUp has teamed up with Blacka, who is fresh from filming with Busta Rhymes’ in the rap star’s upcoming “Twerk It” video and a recent primetime appearance on the Fuse channel (‘longside LargeUp family Sir Ledgen), as he heads out to Europe for a dancehall workshop tour at some of the continent’s finest studios.

The tour begins tomorrow in London, at the Fitness First Black Label Club, before heading on to Copenhagen, Bergamo, Italy, and wraps up back in London Aug. 4. For more details, keep up with Blacka on his Twitter page.

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Dancehall Takeover: Blacka di Danca, Sir Ledgen + Kye Kye Legacy On Fuse

Words by Emily Shapiro

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Wednesday night, Fuse TV’s weekly show The Hustle After Party got real bashy when Large Up friends Blacka di Danca and Sir Ledgen showed off their dancing skills along side Kye Kye Legacy of famed Jamaican crew Ghetto Legacy.

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World Dance: Tavia and Tamara’s Do Sumn’ Weekend Intensive

Words by Emily Shapiro

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Dancehall’s unique dancing culture still breathes in clubs and bashments everywhere, with party steps being developed on what seems like a weekly basis. But some might argue that the scene has lost some of the flavor from the days of Mr. Bogle and the Wacky Dip.

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We Dance Reggae: Get To Know Blacka Di Danca

Words by Emily Shapiro—

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If you don’t know Blacka di Danca, it’s about time you did. Not only is he a touring dancer with New Kingston and Collie Buddz, but a young, talented and incredibly positive dude who brings fiyah to any dance floor he touches.

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Gyal a Jiggle: Watch a Dancehall Queen-Inspired Finnish Short Film

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There is no question that when your average person thinks of dancehall, they think sex, whether it’s Skerrit Bwoy in his daggering days or pumpum short-clad women from Sean Paul or Beenie Man’s classic videos. The “Dancehall Queen,” in the eyes of most, is a one-dimensional image involving skin and booty popping. Of course, we at Large Up and you, our well-informed readers, know that to dance like the women we see in videos and on stage, you have to be athletic and disciplined. Head topping is not an amateur skill one learns overnight, and ticking your waistline with precision can take years of practice.

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Interpretive Dancehall: Puma Dance Dictionary x Dre Skull x Popcaan

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In dancehall, there is a dance for pretty much every word, action and emotion in existence. You’ve got “difficult,” “sufferer,” “confused,” even “shovel.” One could probably speak in full sentences using only party dances. Puma has launched a creative ad campaign for their Sync fragrance line called “Dance Dictionary” that is something like that, minus the Jamaican party dances. You can visit their website, www.pumadancedictionary.com, to see how folks like Dancehall Funk instructor (and choreographer of French Montana ‘s “Freaks” video) Dionne Renee and Brooklyn flexer Storyboard P use popping, waving, gliding, twerking and the like to communicate a variety of messages.

And they haven’t stopped at simple phrases. Puma has collaborated with Mixpak Records to bring us a super dope interpretation of producer Dre Skull‘s new single “First Time” featuring the entrancing vocals of Purity Ring’s Megan James and Popcaan. The song is not your typical dancehall track so it’s fitting that, in the video, the dancers (including Ms. Renee and Storyboard P) are fully clothed and keep their legs firmly planted on the ground. We think the collaboration is a good look for all and it’s got us thinking about some other songs we’d like to see put through the dictionary. Check out the video below:

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