In the Dance is the latest dance show highlighting our dancehall culture while shedding a positive light on Jamaica through dance. With hosts Rosina and Christopher Byfield at the helm, each week viewers are treated to great music and stellar dance moves locally and abroad
The colourful expression of dancehall is laced with suggestive and provocative body movements. However, this expression is a part of our unique culture which has the same snap shot value of our white sand beaches and beautiful turquoise waters.
Lace and Zippers sat down with Talent Producer and Associate of In the Dance Mrs. Odessa Chambers to get further insight into this innovative show.
Lace and Zippers: What is the name of the company responsible for the execution of In the Dance?
Odessa Chambers: The company responsible is 21 Entertainment which is owned by Chris Smith. He is an Entertainment Manager extraordinaire who has clients such as Nelly Furtado, Courtney John and the Wizard. L&Z: How did LIME come on board?
OC: LIME came on board because they saw that it was an amazing project as it highlights Jamaican youth and culture. L&Z: Dance is a universal language so how do you think this show communicates with viewers across the globe?
OC: The show currently is broadcasted to 22 million households via channels such as TVJ and Trace TV (2nd most watched TV channel in France). This leads to more people getting a chance to see our style of dance and its entertainment value.
L&Z: What is your favourite segment of the show?
OC: I don’t have a favourite segment but I thoroughly enjoy the energy of the upcoming and established dancers. L&Z: The show resembles a modernized version of Soul Train with a dancehall flair, do you find this to be so?
OC: It is similar to Soul Train but adds a Jamaican feel to it, for example the “world dancing segment” where people from all over the world submit Youtube videos of themselves doing Jamaican dance moves
L&Z: What is the overall aim of the show?
OC: The aim of the show is to show the world a positive side of Jamaica via dance. The overall aim, on like other dance shows such as America Got Talent, this show seeks to give credit to dancers for their creativity and skills
L&Z: How can dancers and artistes get on the show?
OC: Dancers and performers can get on the show via Auditions, Casting Calls Facebook and Email broadcasts and by sending in their Youtube clips. Dancers such as Dancehall Queen Latisha, Global Bob and Latonia Styles are familiar faces of the show.
L&Z: How do you think this show has impacted the Jamaican cultural landscape and where do you see this show in the next couple of years. OC: Chris Smith is the man responsible for Jamaica’s first dance series that are view by 1/2 million people world-wide which means more exposure for our unique dance style. In the near future it is hoped that the In the Dance brand will continue to grow. Mrs. Chambers can be further contacted through the following: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com For further information on the In the Dance brand check them out on Facebook and Twitter Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/InTheDance Twitter @InTheDanceShow