2014 – LATONYA STYLE TOUR
In 2014 Jungle City Projects ran a series of workshops and performances with Dancehall dance powerhouse Latonya Style.
The first initiative of its kind, the tour brought true authentic dancehall style to dancers and enthusiast across Australia.
2015 – TJD TOUR
Jungle City and I Love Dancehall linked up to present the True Jamaican Dancehall tour. Launching the inaugural – summer dancehall dance, music and culture camp & the Official Dancehall Queen and King competition.
2015 – TJD CULTURAL TOUR JAMAICA
True Jamaican Dancehall Tours held the inaugural True Jamaican Culture Tour to Jamaica – the motherland of the dance, music and culture we love so much! Eleven Australian and one American took part in the tour that was held in partnership with DanceJA (Dance Jamaica Culture Centre) and took place from July 24 – August 10th 2015.
During the tour participant were immersed in authentic Jamaican Dancehall culture in every sense. From attending classes at the world famous DanceJA studio with legends such as Colo Colo, Famous, John Bling, and Xklusiv Dancers to name a few, frequenting the nightly infamous Dancehall Street Parties including Up Town Mondays; and Weddy Weddy, and attending – as well as entering -THE International Dancehall Queen competition in Montego Bay.
2016 – TJD DANCE FESTIVAL
This was a massive year for us. With a little over 6 weeks to go until the festival, both Catherine and Sophia lost members of their family. It was an utterly devastating time for us personally and for the Melbourne dancehall scene, with the death of Di Apprentice. It really seemed that the festival would not go ahead. Lucky for us we have a great community surrounding us, and many people stepped in to help keep things afloat. We would like to extend a MASSIVE THANKS to the following people, who helped us keep it all together, Shanti, Kim, Laura, Lee, Hazel, Ellen, Zare – literally without you the festival would not have happened in 2016. xxx we heart you guys big time.
The 2016 camp was bigger and better – Featuring Latonya Styles and Killa Bean from Jamaica. Stacy Letrice from USA. And our amazing local dancers Kitty Cat & Tina De Melo (BCQ), Alex Downunder & Claudia. It was a hot mix of dancehall styles, Afrobeats, afro fusion and strength work Topped off at night with a culture lecture and a MADDD dance party on the Saturday night. Food was catered by Jamaican mi hungry food truck.
There was a week of workshops based out of Jungle City Studios in Brunswick. And a flash mob out side of the Melbourne Library, a memorial to Di Apprentice.
We had advertised a screening of BRUK OUT as part of the festival, a film about the now global phenomena of the Dancehall Queen movement. Unfortunately the film was held up in production. It will be making its Australian premier at the 2017 TJD festival in Melbourne.
Visual Lee and Wizdom took out the 2016 titles of Australian dancehall Queen and Dancehall King. They were both incredible, as were the rest of the dancers. The competition was fierce, and it was good to see more Kings join the competition. Both the winning dancers traveled to Jamaica as part of the cultural tour.
Dancers came from across Australia and the world to take part in the festival….and now we are counting down till Feb 2017!!