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Jamaican Dancehall


This class is taught by:

Cyrielle Tamby

Cyrielle also known as Cyrielle Killah is a dancer, teacher, choreographer and currently visiting researcher in UC Berkeley in African American Studies and Black Geographies.

Cyrielle was born and raised in Paris and moved to Germany in 2012 where she started dancing Jamaican Dancehall with swaggi maggi. Since 2014 she has traveled regularly to Jamaica to attend dance workshops, street dances and to do her academic research.

Since 2016, Cyrielle is a dance teacher and also member of the german dancehall crew Purple Dimension. In addition to doing show performances she has traveled across Europe to attend show contests and battles.

Interested in combining her dance praxis with academic knowledge, Cyrielle is studying social and cultural studies in Berlin. In 2017 she published her first book titled “Welches Geschlecht hat Dancehall? Eine Auseinandersetzung mit Gender- und postkolonialistischen Theorien in der Dancehall-Forschung” which deals with how gender relationships are portrayed in dancehall. For her new academic project on the economic and social issues of dancehall as a career strategy for the Jamaican street dancers, Cyrielle is doing her research between UC Berkeley and Kingston.

From old school party to the latest steps of today, we will explore together basic steps and create groovy choreographies focused on musicality, style, attitude and personality. But this is not only about physical movement.

Jamaican Dancehall, as a street dance, reflects the experience of poverty and the social and political issues that face communities of inner cities in Jamaica. The dance can express smooth or explosive feelings, play with positive emotions and mix them with a touch of rawness. In this way, we will also consider the historical and cultural aspects that shape and influence the dance.

This class combines body and soul moving. Suitable for all genders, all levels, as on-going training.

No dance experience required, just a desire to catch the vibes of dancehall!


Upcoming classes:

  • Mon Nov 27 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm with Cyrielle Tamby
    at Town Fitness
  • Mon Dec 04 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm with Cyrielle Tamby
    at Town Fitness
  • Mon Dec 11 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm with Cyrielle Tamby
    at Town Fitness
  • Mon Dec 18 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm with Cyrielle Tamby
    at Town Fitness
  • Mon Jan 01 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm with Cyrielle Tamby
    at Town Fitness
  • Mon Jan 08 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm with Cyrielle Tamby
    at Town Fitness
  • Mon Jan 15 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm with Cyrielle Tamby
    at Town Fitness
  • Mon Jan 22 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm with Cyrielle Tamby
    at Town Fitness
  • Mon Jan 29 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm with Cyrielle Tamby
    at Town Fitness