The 2017 TJDD Festival kicks off on the 3rd – 5th of February with the True Jamaican Dancehall dance, music and culture camp, held at PGL Campaspe Downs camp site - Kyneton, Victoria.
Immerse yourself in three jam packed days and two epic nights learning authentic Jamaican dancehall dance first-hand from creators and pioneers of the style live and direct from Jamaica.
Explore the history and the evolution of Dancehall dance, music, and culture, meet new friends from all over Australia and the world, and share your passion with Australia's Dancehall community.
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Joining us in 2017, for her fourth year standing strong Latonya Style (DanceJA CEO) will be heading the Jamaican contingent as our official Jamaican Dancehall ambassador, and this time will be accompanied by TWO fellow Jamaican dancers including the incredible Kimiko Versatile and free flow master Zidan XQlusiv Dancer.
Plus this year’s international and locally featured dancers are more impressive than ever including; Afro-Dancehall goddess for her second year running, all the way from Chicago (USA) Stacy Letrice, Ghanaian born West African dancer Kwame Tosuma, and Aussy based dancers DHQ VizuaLee, Kitty Cat (BCQ), Jase Aceman, and the one and only DHK Alexx Downunder with more TBA.
The PGL Campaspe Downs camp site is located on 160 acres of natural bushland on the outskirts of the beautiful Macedon Ranges. Just over an hours drive from Melbourne. There will be a complimentary shuttle bus for Interstate guests.
TJD Dance, music, culture Camp opens at 2pm on Friday 3rd Feb, with classes beginning at 3pm and closes with our final workshop finishing up by 4:00pm on Sunday 5th Feb. Workshops and activities include a carefully scheduled combination of Dancehall styles from old skool through to new skool, and styles connected to Dancehall history and evolution such as traditional African, Soca, Afrobeats, Jamaican folk, and stylish Moves. Classes are tailored for all level of skill from beginners to advanced, so everyone is welcome to participate and take it at your own pace!
A full schedule will be posted closer to the date
With two huge dance workshop spaces, a lecture room and culture space featuring patois and Jamaican cooking workshops, huge kitchen with fully catered Jamaican bikkle served up by di Boss men from The Real jerk Food Truck; and Nightly Dancehall Parties pumping Dancehall, Reggae, and Afrobeats by selektas and MC’s provided by I Love Dancehall and Australia Reggae Radio .
The camp features multiple accommodation and ticketing options to suit all ages and budgets including standard dorm accommodation, camping, day passes, private rooms, and transport provided from Melbourne Airport and CBD for interstate and international participants.
DanceJa, First Class Dancers
First Class Dancers
Oz DHK 2015 - Afro Down Under
Burn City Queenz
Oz DHQ 2016
Go back to the roots, the technique, the riddims, the culture and the groove that the evolution of Dancehall is based on today. Learn how to Ska, how to skank, how to groove and how to move your body to the offbeat riddims that became the worldwide phenomenon of Dancehall. Go back to basics and learn the steps that paved the way for Dancehall such as the early instrunctional Dancehall Queen Basic Steps, Smooth / Flow Groove Liquid steps created by the legendary Bogle aka Mr Wacky(deceased) and the energetic moves from John Hype and other Dancehall Icons! This class is a must for anyone serious about perfecting their technique and style as a Dancehall dancer as well as those just being introduced to Dancehall for the first time. What better place to start then from where it all began..…
With over 70 choreographed steps created by Latonya Style and the First Class dancers learn the sexy, seductive, strong and empowering sequences called 'Stylish Moves'’ Ultra feminine – with a few steps that can be done by both genders – Stylish Moves give you the confidence, the swag, and the sass you need to complete your dance repertoire and stand out above the rest! Stylish Moves is also available as an accredited course which you can undertake to become a certified ‘Stylish Moves’ teacher and the 8 hour course for Level 1 "Simply Stylish" will be held during the 2016 True Jamaican Dancehall Festival in a city near you – so if you are interested in adding Stylish Moves to your repertoire get in touch with our TJD team now!
The era of Dancehall dubbed ‘Mid Skool’ spans from approximately 2005 – 2010. The ‘Golden Age’ of Dancehall with pioneers such as Ding Dong; Ovamarz; Shelly Belly; Black Blingaz; Cullo Squad; and MOB; just to name only a few. Steps such as ‘Nuh Linga’; ‘Tek Weh Yuself’; ‘Dip Again’; ‘Gully Creepa’; 'timeless';and ‘Follow Thru’ made famous with songs by artists such as Elephant Man and Mr Vegas helped spread Dancehall across the globe and make it the worldwide phenomenon it is today. This class helps you perfect your technique in these mid-skool era steps and fill the gaps for those who are new to the style and didn’t catch them when they were sweeping the world’s dance floors. Fun, energetic, party steps Dancehall mid-skool helps you capture the essence of what Dancehall is all about!
He currently resides in his hometown of Yallahs, St Thomas, where he is the leader of the award winning dance crew ‘XQlusive Dancers’. Zidan’s natural skill and creativity continues to attract the attention of dancers globally, who has sought to learn the numerous steps created by his group.
His Dancehall workshops entitles “Free Flow” – named after one of his group’s steps. The name is a perfect fit, as this class is all about feeling free in an environment of high energy and good vibes. Zidan’s classes showcase a range of authentic Damncehall movements, merging old and new Dancehall steps, with a mix of Afrocentric moves including Kumina, Revival and Bruckins and Jonkunno, creating a magical hybrid.
She further went on to study dance at the Edna Manley of the Visual and Performing Arts in 2005, where she was vigorously trained in intermediate Ballet, West African, Traditional Folk, Jazz, Modern contemporary, Improvisation, Cuban modern, dance composition, Musical theatre and Dance therapy just to name a few.
She had the privilege of being adjudicated by the most recognised batch of Jamaican Dance Choreographers and Teachers like Prof. Rex Nettleford, Dr. L’antoinette Stines, Ms. Nicholeen De-grasse Johnson, Clive Thompson and Ms. Barbara Requa.
Kimiko received her diploma in 2008, which was awarded by the Edna Manley College in Dance theatre and production. she was awarded the Bert Rose award for the most outstanding student in Dance Theatre and Production and the Sheila Barnett award for the most outstanding performer. In dance competitions, she earned trophies for the best pop and folk dancer and medals were awarded for various dance performances in all disciplines, in which she was often featured as part of a small group. She was also nominated for the Danceja Choreographer of the year 2012. She has a received a scholarship (2007) to complete her studies at the Edna Manley College from the Dancing Dynamite competition where she was placed second. She has recently completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance and Choreography (second class honour degree)
Kimiko is currently a member of the DanceJa Movement and the L’acadco dance theatre company. She has worked with major Recording Artistes such as Sean Paul, Diana King, Sean Kingston, Beenie Man, Vybz Kartel, D’angel, Beres Hammond, RDX, Richie Stephens, Ishawna, Cherine Anderson, Taurus Riley, Voicemail, Kk Alese, and Q-ban. She has Choreographed for music videos such as, D’angel – Blaze, Cecile -Bad gal Medley, Diana king- yu dun know, and ‘Jeans and T-shirt’, Nordia ft Charley B – Gypsy Tango and and Angele smith. She also has great amount of choreographic work experiences with Harmony Dance Company which performs for hotels like Riu Hotels, Bahia Principe, Holiday Inn, Secrets, Grande Palladium, Iberostar, Sandals Mobay and Sunset beach.
Kimiko has created dancehall moves such as Chuh, Kuukuu, Cutie Pututi, Crunch and more to come. She possesses a natural love for the stage that’s very evident in her performances and has a distinct style which is renown throughout her presence. She is definitely not afraid to explode on stage and explore her creative, yet flexible moves, strength, stamina, versatility and well sequenced styles.
She is working hard to obtain her dance studio where she can form her own dance company and create with her own unique dance styles. Her favourite quote is ‘Dance is my life, and I live it’.
Afro-Dancehall Fusion integrates traditional West African movement, Jamaican dancehall, and African pop culture dance styles; creating a colorful montage of dances of the Diaspora.
Dancer, choreographer, instructor, and dance/movement therapist Stacy has over 20 years experience and has studied since the age of eight in African Dance, drumming, ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Dunham, and Caribbean styles of dance.
Chicago native Stacy has worked with leading dance companies such as Muntu Dance Theatre, studied Dance and Sociology at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, and has travelled internationally continuing her training in places such as South Africa and Brazil.
For the past seven years Stacy has been the principle dancer and dance program coordinator at ‘The Shrine Chicago’ - a well known concert venue giving her many opportunties to perform alongside the likes of Les Twins, Lady Patra, Tarrus Riley, Elephant Man, and Mr Vegas to namem just a few. Stacy also utilises her talent and skills combining dance and counselling to help school children in the Chicago Park District heal, and stay fit and connected through the power of dance. As Stacy says, “I know there is a God because I feel him when I dance”
She has been dancing for as long as she can remember and from the age of seven was determine to grow up to dance. She has travelled all around the world discovering different dance styles and ways of expression through movement, starting off in a variety of Hip Hop styles such as Poppin and Breaking, but it wasn’t until taking a Dancehall class in London that she knew she finally found her soul as a dancer.
Since then her passion and love for Hip Hop, and Dancehall culture has been her driving force and over the years has blessed her with the opportunity to work alongside amazing people and project. Some highlights of her dance journey include; featuring in music videos such as ‘Freak’ by Drumsound and Bassline Smith – while being 4 months pregnant; and ‘Shake that Thing’ by Yung Warriors; Performing and facilitating workshops at festivals and events around Australia; supporting legendary Dancehall artists including Cecile, Demarco, Guppy Ranks, Leftside and Elephant Man; and delivering the first annual True Jamaican Dancehall Tour with Dancehall pioneer Latonya Style (Jamaica) – which has now developed into an annual program bringing Jamaican Dancers to our shores.
In 2011 Cat gave birth to her son, Cristiano and although motherhood has become her number one priority – instead of slowing down with her dance career, Cat came back with more determination and passion than ever, and in 2014 her Dancehall dream came true when she finally took the journey to Jamaica and became the first Australian in history to enter the International Dancehall Queen competition. “It was like finally finding that place in the world that makes sense, where people value dance, culture and creativity as a way of life” says Cat.
In 2015 Cat carried a tour of Australian dancers to Jamaican for the first ‘True Jamaican Dancehall Culture Tour’– giving more Australian dancers the opportunity to learn firsthand from the creators. On this trip alongside her team mate Twinkle T, Cat ranked Top 10 in the 19th annual International Dancehall Queen competition, and has since continued her annual pilgrimage to Jamaica where she continues to learn, and refine her style and technique as a Dancehall dancer.
Kitty Cat is Australia’s official DanceJA representative, and Stylish Moves certified instructor and her classes bring a wealth of knowledge and energy that centres around her love and respect for the true culture of Dancehall, as well as the healing properties of dance as an activity that connects people, and stimulates self-growth and awareness.
My style of Dancehall hails from 2000. Growing up, when I had no knowledge of youtube, my friends and I would dance in High School competitions in Zambia, my home country. We were inspired by Dancehall artists including Cutty Ranks, Shabba Ranks, Dirtsman, Spragga Benz, General Degree, and Mr Vegas. I am excited to share my style, which boasts strong shoulder isolation, as well as acknowledging the true Jamaican authentic Dancehall steps at the TJD2016.
AFRO DOWN UNDER
It has been said that Dancehall is my passion whilst Afro is in my blood. Growing up in Zambia, I was heavily influenced by popular artists such as Koffi Olomide and Awilo Longomba. I call it Afro Down Under because it's a fusion of West African flavours including Angolan Kuduro and South African Patsula as well as other African dance expressions which I have fused into one during recent years spent living in Australia. As always, I am super excited to share Afro Down Under with you all.
Since then, Jason has travelled to extensively to perfect his craft, learning from dancers in Melbourne, New York, LA, Tokyo, Osaka and of course Kingston in Jamaica. Jason specialises in male dancehall, combining elements of old and middle school steps with newer school steps fresh out of Jamaica. Jason’s classes aim to not only teach dancehall steps, but also the dancehall culture in a fun and inclusive environment.
As soon as landing here in Australia, though she has been pursued her other passion and life-long love of dance. At only 20 years old VizuaLee has already accomplished many great achievement as a dancer, winning the title of Australian Dancehall Queen in 2016, and has managed to fuse both her passions together working for leading indigenous youth company Indigineous Hip Hop projects and working with young indigenous people utilising dance as a means of connection and empowerment.
She has featured a numerous music videos with top Australian Afro-Beats artists such as G-Star Boys and Joanny alongside her crew Burncity Queenz and supported big name artists such as Iyanya, Stone Bwoy, and Korede Bello.
Resident dance instructor at Jungle City Studios Lee’s classes are always packed and full of high energy and the latest steps coming straight outta yard.
All meals, including breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided and included in the ticket price.
Those with dietary requirements, and allergies MUST specify these on their registration form, and we will endevour to accommodate your needs as best as we can.
The camp is fully catered by Boss Man Food, creators of the real jerk food truck. Creating mouth watering meals of Jamaican street food with some influences from other surrounding Caribbean islands. Imagine the amazing BBQ smell of Jerk Chicken, and flavours that are influenced by many different cultures. Original, unique and tasty.
They will not only provide you with the delicious tastes and smells of the Caribbean, but also teach you how to cook these recipes so you can take a piece of Jamaica home to your own kitchen.
For more info: http://bossmanfood.com.au/
Private cabins are available for 2 people
Dorm roomsRooms sleep 4-8 with ensuite bathrooms or 2-12 with separate purpose-built toilet and shower blocks.
Bring own bedding. Bedding can be hired through the camp at an extra cost.
BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
FLYING FROM INTERSTATE: As an incentive for those traveling from interstate, a FREE shuttle bus will depart Federation Square via Melbourne Tullamarine Airport at 12pm to bring you to the camp. You will be returned to the airport by 6pm on Sunday, or to Federation Square at 6.30pm. Spaces are limited so book early to secure your seat.
Melways Ref: 611 C10
FROM MELB CBD
Get on Citylink/State Route 43 from Lonsdale St, King St and State Route 50 10 min (3.8 km) Take Calder Fwy/M79 to Springvale Rd in Carlsruhe. Take the exit towards Carlsruhe/Lancefield from Calder Fwy/M79 48 min (76.2 km)
Take Carlsruhe Central Rd and Trentham Rd/C318 to your destination in Tylden 9 min (8.9 km)
PGL Campaspe Downs, 1302 Trentham Road Kyneton VIC 3444