Apr 20, 2014
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google Plus
  • YouTube
  • RSS


Posts tagged: dancehall dancing

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

Words by LargeUp Crew—

blacka-di-danca-europe-tour

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.

Tags:, , , , , , , ,


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).

Tags:, , , , , , , , , , , ,


Pon Tour: Blacka Di Danca Makes A Splash in Europe


Words by LargeUp Crew, Photos by Enrico Miglietta—
blacka-di-danca-europe

Tags:, , , , , , , , , , ,


Nuh Linga: Blacka Di Danca’s Europe Dancehall Workshop Tour

blacka-di-danca-europe-tour

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.

Tags:, , , , ,


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

Words by Emily Shapiro

tavia-and-tamara-bruk-wine

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.

Tags:, , , , , , , , , , , , ,


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

Words by Emily Shapiro—

GRIND on Vimeo

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.

Tags:, , , ,


Page 1 of 212
-->