Sep 02, 2014
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Posts tagged: Reggae dancing

Blacka’s World: Get Your Dance on with Yaminah Legohn

Words by Blacka Di Danca

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It’s been a while since I’ve had the chance to write a “Blacka’s World” column here on LargeUp but I promise I will be updating you on my work more often. Recently I’ve been teaching weekly online dancehall courses for free on my YouTube channel, planning my upcoming fall tour, opening up stage shows like LargeUp’s Chronixx SummerStage event in Central Park, choreographing music videos and creating new dance moves! I may have been quiet, but I’ve definitely been busy! Today I have an opportunity for all dancers in or around NYC! And what’s the point of an opportunity, if you don’t share it?

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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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LargeUp Premiere: Ding Dong’s “Syvah” Video Feat. Ricky Blaze

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Dancer-turned-deejay Ding Dong and producer/artist Ricky Blaze have been joined since the beginning of the careers. For both, their music debut came with “Bad Man Forward, Bad Man Pull Up,” the 2006 single Blaze produced for Ding Dong to showcase the latter’s dance of the same name.

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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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Teach the World: Blacka Di Danca’s Dancehall Tour 2013, Pt. III

Words by LargeUp Crew—

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Right now the cold weather has your typical New Yorker plotting their escape to the beach. Brooklyn and LargeUp’s own international ambassador Blacka Di Danca, however, is headed in a different direction on his winter vacation. Blacka, who’s brought his dancehall workshops to Siberia and Mexico in the past month alone, is headed east for his third European trek this year.

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Blacka’s World: Bringing Dancehall to the Theater in NYC

Words by Blacka Di Danca, Photos by Ukay

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New York City-based dancer and choreographer extraordinaire Blacka di Danca has been traveling the world spreading the gospel of dancehall through classes and appearances at top dance studios and clubs from Mexico to Siberia. For his latest adventure, he’s tackled a project much closer to home: bringing the first full dancehall theater production of its kind to the stage, right in his backyard in Brooklyn, NYC.

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