Sep 23, 2014
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Posts tagged: dancehall dancing

Blacka’s World: Elephant Man Does The “Shmoney Dance”

Words by Blacka Di Danca

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There’s a new hit dance in hip-hop clubs and (pretty much everywhere else) right now, and it’s not the “dougie,” the “cat daddy,” and definitely not the “jerk.” By now we’re sure you’ve heard of the “Shmoney Dance,” made popular by Brooklyn rapper Bobby Shmurda. You might have even seen Team USA buss this one after winning basketball’s World Cup this weekend!

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Seen: Time Magazine Features Brooklyn’s Ground Zero Dancers

Words by Emily Shapiro, Photos by Natalie Keyssar

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If you’ve been to a dancehall party in New York, or pretty much anywhere, in the past five years, you’ve seen the smooth moves of Ground Zero. The crew, started in Brooklyn by Syrin Zero, has turned into an international dance family represented in countries including France, Russia, Brazil and Jamaica. In addition to dance, the good folks of Zero Nation are DJs, clothing designers and photographers. They pledge loyalty to their crew and really know how to throw a party.

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Blacka’s World: Blacka Loses Himself + Teaches The World

Words by LargeUp Crew—

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The Winter Olympics weren’t the only international culture clash happening in Russia last month. While the world’s greatest cold-weather athletes were proving themselves in Sochi, our Blacka Di Danca was in Moscow getting an army of Russian dancers in sync with dancehall during his latest instructional tour. If this video (an Instagram-sized preview of a more extensive clip to come) doesn’t speak volumes about dancehall’s global appeal, we don’t know what does.

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

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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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Pon Tour: Blacka Di Danca Makes A Splash in Europe


Words by LargeUp Crew, Photos by Enrico Miglietta—
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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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