dancehall classes

First time doing a Dancehall class with Cindy Claes

Hello everyone!

Just a quick introduction for those who don’t know me. My name is Charlotte and I am currently a final year student on the Dance: Urban Practice course at the University of East London.

As part of this I am now working alongside Cindy on an internship for the next few months, attending her dance classes, working within admin and shadowing her choreographic processes.

I wanted to write a post about her Dancehall class which I attended for the first time on Monday!

We learnt specific steps both old school and new school, from Reggae to Dancehall. Some of my favourite steps from the class were: Hottie Hottie Bogle, The Crusher and Nuh Linga. We then freestyled in partners using steps learnt at the beginning.

I really enjoyed my first class with Cindy. It was so interesting and exciting to learn the historic meanings of some of the dancehall steps I had been dancing socially for a long time.

At the end of the class I had the opportunity to document the routine Cindy taught. I took various pictures and videos and got to grips with some exciting lenses for the camera. I really enjoyed doing this as I could really understand Cindy’s teaching process and watch all of the dancers really get to grips with the routine.

I loved the end routine. It was to the track “Stay So” by Busy Signal and it gave off really chilled, care-free vibes!

 

I really enjoyed the atmosphere of the class, it was full of energy and the vibes in the room were so positive!

If you’re ever wondering “What dance classes are near me?” or you’ve been at work and you just want to wind down to your favourite dancehall music from artists such as Vybz Kartel or Popcaan, Cindy teaches every week on Monday and Tuesdays!

Come buss a whine with us! Beginners are warmly welcomed. The Dancehall classes really focus on the technique, history and the love of the Dancehall style straight from Jamaica!

See you in the Dance Studio!

Charlotte aka. Char J

 

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Music Video in Jamaica

I was in Jamaica last month, and I had the opportunity to appear in a music video while I was in Kingston.

The lead crew in the music video is Supreme Blazers, they are a group of about 25 members.

We learn a lot of their steps in class! They are really buzzing and bubbling with energy in the street parties in Jamaica. The music video was shot in their HQ, which they have decorated with graffiti’s and colors representing their names.

This dancehall music video by Voicemail is really really cool!

It was so much fun to shoot this dancehall video! When I saw the outcome and how the videographer used lighting effects in post production, I was truly mesmerised.

Have a look:

 

I am teaching weekly dancehall classes, we warmly welcome beginners and can’t wait to see you in the studio.

 

Join us and learn some Dancehall. The class is all about the culture, the origins of the dancehall steps, the social aspect of dancehall.

 

Come and make new friends, work out, have a boogie, or just enjoy the vibes of Dancehall music,

Cindy

 

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