Dancehall came out of Jamaican dance halls in the 1970s. Often enjoyed by inner-city Jamaicans, and not welcome in posher dance clubs, Dancehall was driven by a disenfranchised youth culture. Dancehall is therefore characterized as a dance that is high on attitude as much as it is on energy and dance moves.
Why do we teach Dancehall?
Dancehall is an important dance for all commercial dancers to learn. Not only does it embrace Jamaican culture and music, it’s a free and flowing form of expressive dancing that can really bring a production to life.
Dancehall dance moves
Dancehall moves are fluid and natural, often swaying in an easy-going fashion to the beat.
Some key moves in Dancehall include:
The Bogle is a Dancehall move that focuses primarily on the arms. Pointing fingers and rotating arms forward complete this move.
The Wine is a classic Dancehall move. A very sexy dance often done by females, the Wine involves gyrating the pelvis to the beat.
- World Dance
The World Dance involves taking steps to the left and to the right. In addition, as if you are reaching out to the world, arms stretch out in exaggerated form, to the left and right.