Dejhani Allen

 Dancehall

What do you want people to get from your class?

I want people to feel accomplished and happy because I love to see the joy in my students’ faces when they have mastered a dance move or nailed the choreography! I also encourage you guys to feel comfortable to express yourselves in however you feel is right! Lastly, I want everyone who attends my classes to learn and understand that practice makes perfect and perfection is defined in your eyes, not mine 🙂 

 

What motivates you to dance?

Growing up in Jamaica, I was surrounded by  many different genres of music and so I drew inspiration from many different places such as my family who motivated me to dance from a young age, schools I attended, provided an avenue to explore multiple genres at a time which I have implemented into my choreographies and lastly the beautiful atmosphere of my country, its people and the culture motivated me to share the amazing feeling I get when I dance with as many people as possible because dancehall and reggae made me feel connected to myself, empowered and able to express any emotion  so why not share that wonderful feeling with others so they can feel the same 🙂 

 

What are some highlights of your career as a dancer/choreographer?

I have been dancing since I was 5 years old learning styles such as folk, reggae and my favourite, dancehall.  I competed with my school group at the local and national level winning several medals! When I migrated to Halifax 5 years ago, I performed at my school’s events which drew interest from my peers and propelled me to begin teaching and sharing my culture and love of dance. I now Choreograph for two dance groups: Cultural Explosion and JA Explosion which has performed at several events at Halifax West, Citadel High, Dartmouth High, MSVU & DAL.  My groups also performed at local events such as Jamaica Day, Acts for Aids and FUSE festivals.

 

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