Most people want to surround themselves with positive people, good energy and good vibes. These energies and vibrations can be given off with just a smile or an act of kindness. Sharing something you love can also affect others with joy and positivity. If you’re “most people,” then Blacka di Danca, is one person who you should acquaint yourself with.
Blacka di Danca is a dancehall choreographer based out of Brooklyn with roots in Trinidad. His love for his culture’s dance style has contributed to the spread of dancehall workshops world wide. His eye catching smile and positive attitude, along with his sincere talent, has given him the ability to unite people through movement and music. Which, is a movement in itself.
Dancehall dancing originated in Jamaica after the new genre of music, with the same name, emerged in the late 1970’s. Much like the music, the dance had its own controversies. Some believe dancehall dances created outside of the island or caribbean are not considered “dancehall.” Blacka strives to change that, declaring his will to unite the world through dancehall, as Bob Marley united the world through reggae.
On the right foot, Blacka has taken many strides to achieve this riddim. His credits include, being crowned “Dancehall King” in 2008, winning the title “Champion of Champions” in 2010. He’s toured with Collie Buddz, Major Lazer, and New Kingston, hyping the crowd, encouraging everyone to dance. He’s appeared on national television, choreographed numerous music videos, has his own youtube channel and is the designer of the street wear, dance wear brand, DANCA. Blacka currently teaches dancehall classes in New York and has taught dancehall workshops in Russia, all over Europe, Argentina, the East Coast and now, for the first time, a West Coast California Tour.
Always paying homage to the culture and originators of the dance style, Blacka continues to innovate and educate while reassuring dancehall dances come from around the world, as long as it’s genuinely respected.
He’ll be gracing the westside for one week, teaching dancehall workshops beginning in Sacramento on May 15th, making a stop in Oakland, then on his way to Los Angeles. Follow his Instagram or Twitter to find out where he’ll be touring and teaching next!
Blacka Di Danca’s 2015 dance reel is real-real. See it here: