Spend the evening with me, a born and raised Jamaican who has recently moved to Australia. Jamaican culture has been growing in popularity in Sydney and it is fascinating to experience the underground swell of the popularity of my Jamaican culture. First, we'll join in a dance class where you will learn the sensational, rhythmic moves of the Jamaican Dancehall music style. Depending on the night you book, I will teach you a private class or we will join in a big lively group session. After class, we will walk to a Jamaican restaurant and bar, where you can enjoy traditional Jamaican favourites like jerk chicken, escoveitch fish and rice & peas, all washed down with the iconic Red Stripe Beer. (N.B. Food & drink are purchased at your own expense). I will talk you through the menu sharing stories about the origin and evolution of the dishes. Over a relaxed dinner, I will share how I came to Australia, what it's like being an immigrant here and insights into the pervasion of Jamaican culture in Australia. You might even be able to show off the dance moves you will have learned earlier, if the resident DJ is spinning on the night of your experience.
I'm a proud Jamaican who loves living in Sydney. The Jamaica scene has been growing here and it's exciting to see. From bars and restaurants, to club nights and reggae festivals, there is always something with a Jamaican side happening. The culture of my tiny Caribbean island is making its mark on this massive continent. I'm excited to share Jamaica with you in this unique way.
Dancehall Class Pass
Depending on the day you book, we will meet either at Connection Studios or Dance Central. Both are located in Surry Hills, close to Central station. In the class, you'll get a feel for the rugged rhythm of Dancehall music and learn sensational moves like "go-go whine", "brukking" & "the butterfly". Come prepared to dance. After the class, we will walk to Rosie Campbells, a popular Jamaican-themed bar and restaurant close by.
Bottle of water
Wear clothes you can move in for the dance class. You may also want to bring a change of clothes for going to the bar. Rosie Campbell's, is pretty casual so something like jeans and a t-shirt is fine.
The Jamaican Side of Sydney