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Making Caribbean DanceContinuity and Creativity in Island Cultures$
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Susanna Sloat

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034676

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034676.001.0001

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Dance, Divas, Queens, and Kings

Dance, Divas, Queens, and Kings

Dance and Culture in Jamaican Dancehall

(p.132) 9 Dance, Divas, Queens, and Kings
Making Caribbean Dance
Sonjah Stanley Niaah
University Press of Florida

Sonjah Stanley Niaah enters the creative world of dancehall queens and kings as they invent and pass on new moves and dances in a milieu that transforms people from their workaday lives. She cites wellsprings of Jamaican culture that provide a reservoir of movement for dancehall dances, cultural manifestations such as costuming, and an intensity of involvement akin to possession. Stanley Niaah offers the thoughts of dancehall stars like Bogle and Stacey about their roles, notes aspects of the subculture, including changing gender roles, and describes some of the dances. She charts an extensive chronology of dance moves, including yanga, shay-shay, cool an’ deadly, poco man jam, bogle, butterfly, urkel, jerry springer, log on, drive by, signal di plane, shelly belly, shankle dip, chaka chaka, spongebob, gangsta rock, dutty wine, beyonce wine, and gully creeper.

Keywords:   Sonjah Stanley Niaah, dancehall, Jamaican dancehall dances, dancehall queens, Bogle, shay-shay, urkel, jerry springer, shelly belly, dutty wine

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