Blacka Di Danca is one of the most popular and innovative choreographers on the international dancehall circuit. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Blacka grew up in a Caribbean household in Crown Heights. Dancehall, reggae, soca and calypso music has always been a part of his life. In 2003, he discovered the Passa Passa weekly Jamaican dancehall party held in Kingston, Jamaica. Local stores in Brooklyn in the early 2000’s often sold and showcased Passa Passa DVDS. Blacka learned about the dancehall street culture through the eyes of the dancers and Deejays that frequented the parties. Passa Passa DVDs showcased the dance moves, fashion, music and terminology that came with dancehall street culture.
From 2003-2007, Blacka partied nightly in local clubs and street events through Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens, Manhattan and Staten Island where he began to make a name for himself. In early 2008, he was booked for the first time to perform professionally in Virginia as a dancer for a night party. In November of 2008, Blacka won his first Dancehall King competition and title during Binghamton University’s annual Caribbean carnival. In December of 2010, he competed in New York City’s Dance-A-Rama dancehall competition and won his 2nd official title.
In 2011, Blacka left his full-time job as a doorman at Columbia University to further pursue his dreams. In March of 2011, Blacka started his first tour as a performer with Reggae artist Collie Buddz. For almost 2 years, Blacka toured and performed with Collie Buddz throughout the United States, Canada and Bermuda. Russian organizers contacted Blacka during his fall tour of 2011 and offered him his first overseas contract to Moscow to teach dancehall classes and judge a competition on Christmas day. In early 2012, Blacka traveled to Moscow for his 2nd time and taught dancehall classes for one week. He continued touring with Collie Buddz until November of 2012. Finally, in February of 2013, Blacka embarked on his first solo world tour as a choreographer, traveling to Los Angeles, Poland, Russia, Italy, Germany, London and Belgium.
As a choreographer, Blacka tours regularly teaching dancehall workshops throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, Russia, Central and South America. As a result, Blacka’s talent has led to work with some of the top names in the music industry. He was the choreographer for Major Lazer’s “Lose Yourself” music video and also a featured dancer in videos for Rihanna, Drake, A$AP Rocky, Alkaline, Shaggy and Davido, to name a few. He’s also made multiple stage appearances at Madison Square Garden with stars like Rihanna, Skrillex, Diplo, and Kiesza and is partnered with VP Records.
The New York Times, Jamaica Star, Jamaica Gleaner and The Source magazine have recently published articles on Blacka’s classes and travels. Fuse TV, MTV and CBS TV have aired his dance performances on national television. Blacka’s vision is to spread the art and culture of dancehall dancing to global measures through love.
Follow Your Dreams – Interview with Blacka Di Danca
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