Years of advocacy has finally paid off for dancer and choreographer
Maria Hitchins. Her dream of an accredited dancehall course being
offered at a tertiary institution in Jamaica has been realized.
The course titled 'Jamaican Popular Street Dance Culture in the New
Millennium' was added to the Edna Manley College for the Visual &
Performing Arts, School of Dance curriculum in January.
several years I've been pretty much bugging the Edna Manley School of
Dance about why it is that they do not have dancehall as part of any
accredited course. Everything is a process in Jamaica, and I accept and
respect that, and now, I can safely say that we have that course," she
Hitchins added that she had also proposed a theoretical
dancehall course to the institution, which she hopes will also be
implemented in the upcoming school year.
"The course entails
going back to basics, the foundation of dancing, especially when it
really got popular. We're going to be touching on dance moves from the 1980s up until now - the new millennium."
is of unique interest is that the culture's actual dance creators will
be invited to showcase, teach and generally interact with the students
giving them an authentic experience with the movers & shakers of the
island's vibrant Dancehall dance culture. Dancers, including Mad
Michelle, Queen Lateisha, Elite team and Ova Marz, etc.
course outline outcomes include being able to "pinpoint global
influences from external dance cultures that have reshaped the Jamaican
popular street dance culture, including hip-hop stunts; detect
socio-cultural changes with the Jamaican popular street dance culture's
choreography, including performance themes; and recognize Jamaican
popular street dance steps that appear in international
choreographiess," among others.
Cost is always a factor for
students especially in an unstable economy and as such Hitchins along
with the college is working towards implementing short courses that
would also make it flexible for persons who may also be prohibited by
time. "Not everybody will have a whole semester to come and sit down in a
dance studio. Money is one factor, but so is time, and we are working
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