Jul 24, 2014
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Posts tagged: reggae dance

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: The First Dancehall Ragga Jam World Conference

Words by Blacka Di Danca—

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This past weekend was glorious for dancehall. The world’s first dancehall dance convention, officially known as the Dancehall Ragga Jam World Conference, was held in Paris, France, and it was a huge success.

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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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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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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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