Emily Labhart

thinking about dance, arts management and cultural representation

Dancehall Origins 5th Edition, March 2019

Our 5th Edition took place on Saturday 23rd March in Chalk Farm, London with invited artists Famous Dancer and Dancing Rebel – who led their first ever UK workshop.

We started the day with a New Skool Dancehall class from Dancing Rebel, which showed her world-renowned versatility and attracted the most male participants that we have ever had at a DHO event.

Next up, Famous Dancer took us on a journey through Middle Skool Dancehall with fierce attention to detail and crazy energy!

After this, we held a Q&A with both Rebel and Famous that was facilitated by renowned choreographer and storyteller “H” Patten. It’s important to us to give opportunity for discussion, to show the realities of working in Dancehall from the artists perspective. This was a rare chance to hear from Rebel and Famous about their journeys in Dancehall and we are so grateful for their honesty!

To close the day, Rebel taught a female-only workshop focusing on one of Spice’s latest tracks.

This was an incredible 5th Edition. We saw our first release-tickets sell out on the first day, and we had the most participants we had ever seen before at a DHO event.

Over six hours of Dancehall excellence! Watch the videos so far here and here.

I am so thrilled with the day and am excited to share photos on the Facebook and Instagram pages – with a few faves below! Like, share and tag – spread the love!

Dancehall Origins 5th Edition. Photo by Tashon Reid-Palmer.

Dancehall Origins 5th Edition. Photo by Tashon Reid-Palmer.

Dancehall Origins 5th Edition. Photo by Tashon Reid-Palmer.

Dancehall Origins 5th Edition. Photo by Tashon Reid-Palmer.

Dancehall Origins 5th Edition. Photo by Tashon Reid-Palmer.

Dancehall Origins 5th Edition. Photo by Tashon Reid-Palmer.

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