Dancehall is a Caribbean dance style that generated from the streets of Jamaica and all the moves seen in the style are created by many Jamaican dancers and groups on the street or at parties. It’s very groovy and is all about having fun, feeling free, vibing to the music and having a party, so during the Dancehall classes I like to create an energetic fun vibe, where everyone can feel free to dance and show off however they wish.
This is an intermediate level class but beginners are also welcome, because you don’t have to be experienced in Dancehall itself, as the routines you learn during the class will consist of the foundation movements you have perfected in the beginning. The foundation movements learnt are based around Old School, Mid-School and New School Dancehall moves, so you will always be kept up to date with the latest steps. Some may find the new school foundations moves challenging but the class is about having fun whilst learning, so if you can finish knowing 3 out of 10 steps learnt during the class and had lots of fun whilst doing it, you are a winner!
Dates: Thursdays (NO CLASSES 15th, 22nd & 29th August)
Age Group: 16+ years
Level: Intermediate (Beginners also welcome)
Do I need to book? No, drop in class (CASH ONLY)
I’ve been training in dance from a young age in different styles with a variety of companies, but I have always had the love and passion for dancehall, soca, reggae, salsa (I try)…. I started with RJC Dance Company, performing at various events like the 2012 Olympics Torch Event, Leeds West Indian Carnival, Fresh (for many years) and many more, before joining MMU Dance Society Competition Squad whilst I was at Manchester Met Uni. I was in charge of teaching the dancehall sections for our competition pieces, helping us place 1st and 2nd in the intermediate category at University of Manchester Dance Comp and Go Hard or Go Home, both in 2015 and 2016. In 2017 I started teaching my own weekly ‘Dancehall with Pareesha’ class at Koby Studio to an amazing group of dancers who have embraced the style and grown with me.
Throughout my growth I see myself as a soft groovy feminine dancer, and enjoy the flowy, bouncy, transitioning spaghetti-like movements. Oh and I can’t forget the hips and bootay! We’ve always got to have a good Twerk in my classes!
I enjoy taking part in classes for all different styles so I can gage different movements, musicality, feeling, sharpness and speed, all of which will help me progress into a better dancer in my style and overall. I am the co-founder of Vybz Dance Company who I train with regularly in Urban, House, Commercial, Afrofusion and Dancehall. I am forever watching Overload Skankaz, Danca, Xqlusiv, Katerina, Sahren and many more youtube and Instagram videos, who specialise in dancehall and are the founders of the movements we dance today. I am still at the beginning of my journey, and the beginning is already phenomenal so I can’t wait to keep growing, inspiring, learning and sharing with everyone around me, in Dancehall and more!