is a dance school founded by Meri-Tuuli Hirvonen in 2010. Its focus is on teaching Jamaican dancehall in its authentic form, particularly stressing the importance of learning dancehall culture along with the dancing.
Bubblin’ Moves organizes dance trips to Jamaica and brings top dancers from Jamaica and Europe to teach in Finland. The school offers dance instruction for both amateurs and dancehall teachers and everybody in between.
Bubblin’ Moves is about sense of community, respect for different personalities and acceptance of people as they are!
Welcome to classes again in January 2018, we are not taking new students at the moment.
SCHEDULE FALL 2017 (21.8.-15.12.2017)
MONDAY / Studio Tambor, Katajanokan laituri 5
17.30 DANCEHALL MOVES 1 /Emma
18.30 SOMATIC PILATES & YOGA for dancers/ Sanna
19.30 DANCEHALL MOVES 2 /Sussu
WEDNESDAY / Suvilahti, Esitystaiteen keskus, Kaasutehtaankatu 1, 2nd floor
17.30 INTRODUCTION TO DANCEHALL /Dhq Wilma
18.30 DANCEHALL QUEEN STYLE 1/ Dhq Netta
19.30 DANCEHALL QUEEN STYLE 2/ Dhq Wilma
At Bubblin’ Moves, we separate our dancehall classes in two styles: Dancehall queen style & Dancehall moves. Short explanation of both follows…
DANCEHALL QUEEN STYLE??
Breezes started to call her classes including only female dance moves, acrobatics and booty shaking Dancehall queen style to separate them from the unisex dancehall danced mostly by men in Jamaica. The name comes from Dancehall Queen contests where female dancers known as Dancehall Queens compete each other wearing the most unique outfits, dancing in very bold style with crazy tricks and strong attitude. Check this video for original dancehall queen style dancing and definitely try to see the legendary Jamaican movie Dancehall Queen. More recent dancehall queen style dancing can be seen here, for instance.
Dancehall moves describes the basic dancehall that is danced by both male and female dancers. In Jamaica about 90% of dancers are men which shows in the moves created and the whole posture and attitude how dancehall is danced. In Dancehall Moves class we practice both old school/ foundation steps and the newest dance moves from Kingston. Also the names of the steps, creators and information of the Jamaican culture is in important part of the dance education. See some legendary old school dancehall dancing here and modern new school stuff in here.
Introduction to Dancehall Moves & Queen style:
Introduction to Dancehall course aims at introducing all the main styles and themes of dancehall. It’s divided in four periods (4 or 5 weeks each, see below) to be able to focus on one style at the time. In this class we practice the basic steps of dancehall, so called “foundation steps”, the party dance classics like Willie Bounce to the newest of dancehall. Also the technique, and the unusual posture of dancehall is taught from the start together with the names of the steps and the cultural aspects of dancehall dancing.
Period A. DANCEHALL EVOLUTION 4 weeks: Dancehall foundation moves, basic technique, some old skool & middle skool moves to create an understanding of dancehall’s time line from the 90’s to 2005.
Period B. DANCEHALL NEW SKOOL 4 weeks: The newest unisex dancehall moves & short routines.
Period C. DANCEHALL QUEEN STYLE 4 weeks: Dancehall Queen style: Basic technique, the newest female dancehall moves.
Period D. DANCEHALL PARTY DANCES 4 weeks: The social side of dancehall! Sweat, crazy party moves both male & female style!
Dancehall Queen style 1:
Focuses on technique, flow & dancehall acrobatics. One year or more dancehall experience required. Check video from 2014 spring show :Shake It
Dancehall Queen style 2:
Dancehall Moves 1:
Focuses on technique, the spesific posture and style of dancehall. Steps from different eras will be practices, yet not forgetting the newest new from Jamaica. One year or more dancehall experience required. Check video from 2014 spring show: Compass. Step & Go fi dem & Gangster Party.
Dancehall Moves 2:
Deepening the styling and energy of dancehall with choreography, freestyle, battle exercises. 3 or more years of dancehall experience required.
Dancehall Technique open level:
Getting into dancehall technique body part by body part. Learning and practicing technique will help you avoid injuries and find your core! Dancers with different levels will find their own weak spots and strenghts. Most of all, your dancehall dancing will look more authentic by every technique class you take.
IF YOU BELIEVE IN DANCEHALL / JUMP AROUND AND PUT YOUR HANDS TO THE SKY / WE GONNA DANCE FROM THE MOON COMES UP / ’TIL THE SUN COMES UP AND SHINE / COS TONIGHT WE’RE FEELING FINE / WE ARE MEANT TO BE SUPER STARS / WE LOVE THE DANCEHALL / WE NEVA GONNA LEF IT / EVERY ONE FROM NEAR AND FAR / DANCE A KEEP / WE ALL GONNA MAKE IT!!!