Nov 24, 2014
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Posts tagged: dancehall dancing

Pon Di Move: Blacka Di Danca’s To Di World Tour, Fall 2014

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Blacka Di Danca has touched the road again, and this time he’s in Europe for his longest tour yet. If you’ve followed Blacka’s adventures in his Blacka’s World column, you know the drill by now: When Blacka comes to your town, it’s your opportunity to learn how fi dance dancehall from a true bashment maestro. Blacka’s classes aren’t just about showing you how to do the latest steps: they’re a full tutorial highlighting dancehall movements from the ’90s through today. In other words, you don’t just come out of his classes with a few new dancehall steps in your repertoire, but also knowledge of the culture.

After starting things off with his first date in Portugal, Blacka’s back in France, with dates to follow in Belgium, Finland, Sweden and Denmark, plus a side trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina, during the second week in November. Follow Blacka on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for exact times and locations and contact dextyledance@gmail. com if you’re interested in bringing Blacka to your town.

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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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