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Dancehall Origins 3rd Edition
Saturday 18th November 2017

Latonya Style and Global Bob – direct from Jamaica.

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Dancehall Origins promotes and supports dancers, teachers and performers from Jamaica to share their practice in the UK.

As an advocate for Dancehall history and culture, we aim to increase cultural awareness and appreciation of Dancehall by providing opportunities to connect with Dancehall Originators.



The Artists

Dancehall Origins 3rd Edition presents Latonya Style and Global Bob, direct from Jamaica.


Dancehall Origins 3rd Edition is the first time Latonya Style will teach in the UK.

Latonya Style is undeniably one of Jamaica’s most renowned and distinguished Dance Instructors. Her objective is to preserve, promote and protect authentic Jamaican Dancehall.

She is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Dance Jamaica (DanceJa Movement) a Talent/Entertainment Organisation which portrays the culture of Jamaica and its vibrant people. Dance JA facilitates the training and development of Jamaica’s local talent, as well as providing an environment that uplifts Dancehall dance techniques.

Latonya Style’s flexibility and versatility have made her a fixture on the worldwide stage. She is an inspiration to other female dancers to strive for excellence within the performing arts, and has taught in over 30 countries including Japan, Colombia, Australia, Russia and across Europe.

Ms. Style has worked with key artists, including: Sean Kingston, Cecile, Mr. Vegas, RDX, Elephant Man, Sizzla, Patra, Spice, Beenie Man, Charly Black, Aidonia, Busy Signal and many more.

Latonya has developed a series of over 60 original steps, through which she has stamped her signature style on the industry – infusing her classy, sexy movements with the unapologetically raw dancehall ideology, to create what she calls her ‘Stylish Moves’. Steps include:

  • Original Rude Girl
  • Jiggle It
  • Nuff Respek
  • Pretty Wine
  • Clap Yuhself
  • Leggings
  • QT-Booty
  • Versatile
  • Xcuse Mi Plz

Check out Latonya’s Instagram and the Dance JA YouTube channel.


Stacia Fya


Dancehall Origins organised his first ever UK workshop and lecture in October 2016, we are proud to be his exclusive hosts in the UK, back by popular demand Global Bob returns to London for the third time in November 2017.

Born and raised in Kingston Jamaica, Chad ‘Global Bob’ Torrington has forged an international career in Dancehall, performing cultural duties in over 20 countries around the world – including being the first ever Dancehall dancer to teach in India, earlier this year.

Celebrated for his grooving style, encapsulating the spirit of his mentor Father Bogle aka. Mr Wacky, Global Bob was given his first stage name ‘Dancer Spongebob’ by Bogle himself.

Global Bob has appeared in music videos for top artists including: Voicemail, Konshens, Mr. Vegas, M.I.A, Versatile, Brick & Lace, Bob Sinclair & Dollar Man, Cecile and Murda Medley.

He has also won prestigious awards for his work, including:

  • 2013 Favourite Dancehall Teacher from Jamaica, DanceJA Awards
  • 2012 Best Male International Dancer of the Year, Carivibez.tv
  • 2012 Jamaica’s Certificate of Recognition for Invaluable Work in Dancehall
  • 2011 Jamaica’s Most Outstanding Dancer of the Year (2010)

Check out his Instagram page here and his YouTube channel here.

Dancehall Origins, 3rd Edition
Saturday 18th November 2017

Tickets available now, book before 18th October for the best price!
Schedule detailed below (keep scrolling!)

DHO Standard

£25

AVAILABLE ONLINE UNTIL 18/10/17
  • One Workshop Only
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DHO Panel Discussion

£10

AVAILABLE ONLINE UNTIL 18/11/2017
  • 1hr panel discussion with Latonya Style and Global Bob
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The Schedule

Click the times to find out what’s happening during the event.

Registration

Time for participants to sign-in and get ready for the day.

Panel Discussion with Latonya Style and Global Bob

Workshop with Latonya Style

Workshop with Global Bob

The Venue

Haverstock School

Haverstock School

Haverstock School, Chalk Farm, London NW3 2BQ

Public Transport Links

Tube: Chalk Farm Station (Northern Line) is immediately across the road from the venue. This is the easiest method for guests travelling via Euston or Kings Cross train stations.

Train: Kentish Town West station is a 10 minute walk away.

Bus: 168, 393, D, and E stop immediately outside Haverstock School. Stops for 24, 31 and 46 are all within a 10 minute walk.

Accommodation

Need to stay overnight in London? Here are a few budget friendly hotels close to the venue!

Haverstock Hotel

0.4mi / 8min walk

3 star

"Haverstock Hotel in London provides stylishly appointed accommodation just 4 minutes' walk from Belsize Park Tube Station."

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Best Western Swiss Cottage

1.0mi / 21min walk

3 star

"Our charming Victorian townhouse hotel is located right next to Swiss Cottage underground station and just a few minutes from the West End by Tube or bus."

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Dillons Hotel Belsize Park

0.9mi / 20min walk

3 star

"In a stucco-fronted Italianate villa, this cosy, family-run hotel is on a quiet street. It’s a 7-minute walk from Swiss Cottage"

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Britannia Hampstead

0.5mi / 9min walk

3 star

"Within walking distance of pubs and restaurants, this traditional hotel is a 10-minute walk from the Chalk Farm tube station and 0.8 miles from London Zoo in Regent's Park."

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Frequently asked Questions

Participants must be aged 18+ for insurance purposes.

Dance teachers who are interested in bringing a group of five students or more should contact emily@dancehallorigins.co.uk for information on affiliate offers and promotions.

Yes! Groups of five or more should contact emily@dancehallorigins.co.uk for further information.

Yes. There are three pricing stages:

EARLYBIRD TICKETS – until 18th October
DHO Major (full package): £50
DHO Standard (one workshop only): £25
DHO Panel Discussion: £10

STAGE TWO TICKETS – until 18th November
DHO Major (full package): £60
DHO Standard (one workshop only): £30
DHO Panel Discussion: £10

ON THE DOOR TICKETS
DHO Major (full package): £70
DHO Standard (one workshop only): £35
DHO Panel Discussion: £10

Book as soon as you can to get the best price!

Wear clothes you are comfortable to dance in, such as leggings/jogging-bottoms/shorts and a t-shirt with trainers. High heels are not permitted.
Once purchased, tickets are strictly non-refundable.
Please email emily@dancehallorigins.co.uk should you have any further questions about the event.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Please participate in classes and studio activities responsibly and safely. YOU are responsible for your own health and we ask that you do not exercise beyond what you consider to be your own capabilities. If you have any medical conditions that may affect your ability to exercise safely, please seek advice from a medical professional before engaging in that activity.

Dance is a physical activity and as such you should understand that there is the possibility of physical injury when participating in exercise. If you choose to engage in any classes or activities with Dancehall Origins, you agree that you do so at your own risk and are voluntarily participating in these activities. Dancehall Origins accepts no liability for physical injury, loss or damage to the person whether occasioned by negligence or howsoever arising.

PHOTO/VIDEO CONSENT

By registering and taking part in the event, you grant Dancehall Origins full rights to use the images resulting from the photography/video filming, and any reproductions or adaptations of the images for fundraising, publicity or other purposes to help achieve the company’s aims. This might include (but is not limited to), the right to use them in their printed and online publicity, social media, press releases and funding applications. If you do not wish to be photographed please inform an event organiser on the day of the event.

Past Events

Dancehall Origins 1st Edition, 15 October 2016

Our 1st Edition took place in Chalk Farm, London with invited artists Global Bob and Shelly ‘First Lady’ Xpressionz direct from Jamaica. This was the first time either artist had ever taught in the UK.

Global Bob began the day with a 1.5hr workshop, taking us back to old skool Dancehall with steps including urkle, zip it up and world dance. This led us on to a 45min lecture led by Global Bob, sharing insight into Dancehall history and culture based on his own research and lived experiences in the Dancehall space.

Shelly Xpressionz closed our first event with a 1.5hr workshop for females only. She discussed the changing relationships between men and women in the Dancehall space, shared old skool steps including water pumpee and go go whine, before taking us to present day with her latest choreography for female Dancehall musician Spice.

Check out our highlights video below!

Dancehall Origins 2nd Edition, 18 March 2017

Our 2nd Edition returned to Chalk Farm in North London and was a clear development from our first event in October 2016. Building on this success, we saw an increase of 49% in participant numbers, we had Dancehall on the Big Screen and we were able to connect with more teachers/instructors – some travelling from Sheffield, Birmingham and even Italy to take part.

Global Bob started the day with a 45min lecture, setting the tone for the day by sharing cultural knowledge – rooted in Dancehall Origins’ core values.

After this came three high-energy workshops, one each by Global Bob, Crazyhype and Stacia Fya, all eager to share and accurately represent Dancehall culture – taking the participants on a unique journey to enhance their knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the form.

Global Bob led us through old skool Dancehall, Crazyhype focused on his new skool steps, and Stacia Fya led a females-only workshop that began with mento and dinki-mini, going on to skanks, before introducing us to her ‘Confidence Dancehall’ technique.

Check out our highlights video below!

Dancehall Origins Special Edition, 2 September 2017

Our Special Edition took place in Chalk Farm, London with invited artist Stacy Xpressionz leading her first ever UK workshop.

We are proud to build our relationship with Dance Xpressionz by hosting Stacy, after inviting Shelly Xpressionz to teach in the UK for the first time in October 2016.

For this Special Edition, Stacy’s high energy class featured renowned Dance Xpressionz female steps, including: lif’ it up, gwaan wid yuhself and skettel. Going on to discuss the difference between Dancehall for stage and Dancehall in the Dancehall Space, Stacy’s knowledge and experience proved invaluable for the UK dancers in attendance.

Sweat was dripping, laughs were bursting and good vibes were flowing – we can’t wait to invite Stacy back soon.

Check out our highlights video below!

Testimonials

This will be a day I shall never forget in my Dancehall journey. Today’s sharing by one of the best in my personal opinion.

The sharing of roots, foundation of JA culture and knowledge about some of the most epic dancers/leaders in Dancehall provided by this King Global Bob. Thank you for the intimate knowledge. It was an honour.

Big up Dancehall Origins for organising and providing this platform for such amazing beings to grace our souls with this knowledge that will now be retained and shared.DHOrigins 1st Edition participant

One word. Awesome! Thanks for such a great event – more please!DHOrigins 2nd Edition participant
The cultural element, learning about the ORIGINS, having a combination of practice and lecture…thank you!DHOrigins 1st Edition participant
Highlight: all of it! It was great! Lovely people, great music, great fun. It was really good to learn some of the background culture and history behind the dance…please do more!DHOrigins 2nd Edition participant
Global Bob, you made a change in me. You opened my eyes to things I knew were there but never REALLY understood them. Thank you for dancing and thank you for teaching.DHOrigins 2nd Edition participant
Thank you for bringing over great teachers, it was an honour.DHOrigins 1st Edition participant
My love and passion for Dancehall (attracted me to the event)…the possibility to study it with people directly from Jamaica that could give us a deep and honest understanding of it and the culture behind it – I would never have the opportunity to know (what was shared) just by studying the dance here in London.DHOrigins 2nd Edition participant

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Dancehall Origins is excited to make connections with Dancehall teachers in London, across the UK and beyond.

About the Organiser


Emily Labhart is the Founder of Dancehall Origins. She is a dance manager and practitioner, currently based in London, England. For more information about Emily, visit www.emilylabhart.co.uk

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