DANCEHALL IS JAMAICAN CULTURE A WAY OF LIFE EXPRESSED THROUGH MUSIC,FASHION,FOOD,LANGUAGE,DANCE, AND LIFE OF THE PEOPLE FOR THE PEOPOE BY THE PEOPLE
A CULTURAL LIFESTYLE AND EXPERINECE IN JAMAICA REFLECTING JAMICANS
Dancehall dance is a folk form ( a lived experience ,which is of the people, for the people by the people that is a derivative of reggae music and movement, born in the ghettos of Kingston, Jamaica in the late 1980’s.
It was in the late 1980’s when particular dancehall steps were identified within the genre (such as Della Moves, Butterfly,Bogle and Tattie). Female dancers such as’’ wine and guh down’’ and ‘jook’ also catapulted the dance form into recognition and bridged the gap between reggae and dancehall.
Earlier dance moves such as the one ‘One Foot Skank, ‘Duck’, ‘Wata pumpee’ and ‘Cool and Deadly’ set the pace for its evolution as a separate dance form that specifically aligned itself with the musical changes that were happening in the Reggae genre.
Dancehall dance embodies form and function as a singular experience - as it is a means of self expression as well as a way for practitioners to rise to higher heights.
BY DANCEja ACADEMY
Dancehall music is a genre that express and reflect Jamaican Ghetto culture, as a way for the people/ practioners to rise to higher heights. This popular music originated in the late 1970s.
Dancehall was a more sparse version of reggae than the roots style, which had dominated much of the late 1970s. In the mid-1980s, digital instrumentation became more prevalent, changing the sounds and Rhythm Flow. characterized by faster rhythms and lyrics to match giving birth to Dancehall with dance moves bearing the name. Key elements of dancehall music includes its extensive use of Jamaican Patois rather than Jamaican standard English creating lyrics from self expression and experience , from real jamaican lifestyle lived. Dancehall parties carries its orginal style and flava from the Big Sound Systems to the Selecta & Dj playing at the parties.
Dancehall saw initial mainstream success in Jamaica in the 1980s, and by the 1990s, it became increasingly popular in Jamaican diaspora communities. In the 2000s, dancehall experienced worldwide mainstream success, and by the 2010s, it began to heavily influence WOLRD WIDE.