Apr 19, 2014
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Posts tagged: Dance

Frass in France: Blacka Di Danca at Dancehall & Ragga Jam World Conference

Words By LargeUp Crew—

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It’s been a busy year for our dance ambassador and columnist Blacka Di Danca. His fourth European tour has brought him to workshops and events in 32 cities and 18 countries. For the final stop on this particular journey, he returns to France this Saturday, April 12, to teach a class at the first annual Dancehall & Ragga Jam World Conference at Equinoxe in Paris.

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EVENT: Learn Dancehall Choreography with Blacka Di Danca + Mela Murder (Major Lazer)

Words by Blacka Di Blanca

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If you’ve been following me through my column “Blacka’s World,” then you know that I recently choreographed Major Lazer’s latest music video (for “Lose Themselves” featuring RDX) with the help of Mela Murder—and that choreo came out fantastic! I’ll be teaming up yet again with Mela to teach my only dancehall class for the month of January in NYC, Friday, Jan. 10 at DANY Studios in Manhattan.

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Visual Culture: Latonya Style + Robin Clare’s “Stylish Moves” Dance Zine

Words by Natalie Weiner—Stylish-Moves-Latonya-Style
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).

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Tundra Tun Up: Blacka Di Danca Brings Dancehall to Siberia

Words by Emily Shapiro, Photos by Dmitriy Shtifonov and Denis Rossiev—

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If you’re a regular Large Up reader, you already know all about our friend Blacka di Danca. We’ve been following this super-talented dancer and choreographer as he travels the world spreading his infectious love of dancehall and good vibes. A frequent visitor to Europe, where he just spent the summer teaching dancehall steps to students from England to Italy, he’s currently in the midst of his fourth trip to Russia.

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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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