Over the past few years Dancehall (Dance), style, movement, and the demand for learning more about the culture has grown a lot in popularity over the past few years. The dance style is being taught and studied by many dancers around the world by some truly talented and informative individuals.
However as a female I recently felt the strong need/want to bring attention to THE LADIES that have been dominating, not only the dance floor, video light, and stages but also the dance classroom as educators/ influential within their dance community; Below (and in no particular order) are just a few Female Instructors/Choreographers/Entrepreneurs in the Dancehall Community, that are making an impact Dancing, Teaching, and Sharing their love of Dancehall & Dancehall Inspired classes and international workshops .
Respect to all of these ladies and the ones I did not get to mention in this particular post. Overall you can tell that no matter where you come from dancehall and dance is a passion that all of these ladies have with the goal to inform, energize, and create within the dance community around them. These things are very similar to Raediant Movement’s mission and goals that I would love to achieve as well. So whether these ladies know me or not I consider them my, “like minded sisters in dance.”
I encourage ANYONE READING to click on the links below and get to know more about these women. If you know a few more Dancehall (or Ragga), Choreographer/ Instructors/ Entrepreneurs that are not listed here,
feel free to give them a shout out; in the comment section below.
LEARN MORE: CLICK THE NAMES BELOW FOR INSTRUCTOR FACEBOOK, BIO or VIDEOS
Saturday July 28th was National Dance Day across the US, what an awesome time to sample dance from all over the DC Metro area, all in once place. There was hip-hop, line dance, Bollywood, mime, contemporary, ballet Jazz, my favorite was the tribute to MJ danced by the dancers or Spotlight Dance Studio. You may be wondering how come Raediant was there and didn’t perform? Well here’s the story!
I entered Raediant Movement to perform a dancehall piece, the piece was accepted but under the condition that I need to find more dancers to perform as a GROUP (min. 4). In a scramble to find dancers that #1 are interested in Dancehall ; #2 are able to execute the choreography accurately & #3 available to perform on a weeks notice…..I was able to find 3 willing dancers. As we get down to crunch time one of my dancers gets sick, bringing me down to 3 dancers. Amongst the pressure to learn / teach choreography at the last-minute and the need to be performance ready for the first time introducing this style to the DC area. What to do??
I regretfully opted out of performing, the artist in me wants things to be flawless (as possible). The business women in me argued that this is a great marketing/ networking opportunity, I shouldnt pass up.I decided that I would still go down to the National Mall on that *hot* Saturday afternoon and still represent Raediant Movement, I danced for the Ovation National Dance Day Camera, I passed out business cards & I made a little video all in good fun and great spirit of the day. Things may not have gone as planned but I really enjoyed being there to take it all in as a spectator and besides there’s always a next time, and random moments of dance to share.
As most Blogs this started out as one thing and has now turned into something all together different. Now don’t worry my original idea of this blog has not been thrown completely out the window I just have to find another way to get it done. In the mean time, Im journaling, ranting, raving, dancing, creating and putting it all here for the world to see. About Me~~ I’m Erica Rae a dancer from Philadelphia, whose background is in Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, South African, and Latin dance. I love experimenting with movement, its differences and similarities of dance in many different cultures.
ME & Dance or Dance & I–> Where it all started….I began dancing with Miss Brenda Lee at Brenda Lee’s Dance Studio as my mother’s way to get out of the house. My older sister took classes so i was sent along with her and lo and behold i stuck with it. Once I entered high school i grew to love dance more than i even thought i could. I grew up with a good foundation in technique, I was accepted into a performing arts high school it is there that i was introduced to Alvin Ailey, the Horton Technique and be it that I am from Philadelphia PHILADANCO, just like the rest of my peers. By college I had discovered National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica. I really am interested in the similarities of dance between the two countries and other Caribbean dance styles as a whole.
I may as well tell you know right now, that I LOVE LOVE LOVE all things Jamaica, Dancehall , Reggae & Flava Dance I was bit with that bug at the age of about 13 before I even got a chance to visit the island. When I saw “Shabba Ranks” Trailer Load of Gal, Chaka Demus & Pliers “Murder She Wrote, & of course Patra “Romantic Call”, I saw these videos and HAD to learn to tic and wine up my body Chaka Demus & Plers “Murder She Wrote” Somewhere along the way of sneaking into dances, studying the dance movements, i began to develop an even stronger interest in the culture and history of Jamaica. I also began to grow in my studies of dance throughout high school and college. There is no question i love to express myself through movement.
What to make of all of this……I believe i have a story to tell, knowledge and movement to share with others and just a need to express myself. Join me on my dance journey as i explore learn and continue to grow, as a dancer, instructor, and choreographer……
Raediant Movement allows me to express each dance styles and my passion for both