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Bruk Out! - A Dancehall Queen Documentary

  • Harris Academy South Norwood 2 Cumberlow Avenue London SE25 6AE (map)

** Plus Dancehall class in partnership with Dancehall Origins - scroll down for details! **

Get ready for International Women’s Day with a fearless documentary exploring the raw and energic world of Jamaican Dancehall culture, seen through the eyes of the women at its very heart.

Bruk Out! follows six of the boldest and bravest Dancehall Queens from around the world—Japan, Italy, America, Poland, Spain, and of course, Jamaica—as they prepare to battle for the biggest trophy in all of Dancehall. Combining explosive underground dance visuals with emotionally intimate scenes, the film is a never-before-seen window into the life of the Dancehall Queen.

Filmmaker Cori Wapnowska spent two years uncovering the struggles the Queens face around body issues, poverty, family problems, and domestic abuse. The dancers bare their skin and their souls to dispel myths about this hyper-sexual dance, explaining why it brings them pure joy, sense of self, and the strength to overcome. Often criticized as lewd and aggressively sexual, these daring performers turned Jamaican street dance into a massive global phenomenon.

This film is presented in partnership with Dancehall Origins and will be followed by a Q&A with Shelaine Prince, co-Artistic Director of Ignition Dance Company, who will share her own experiences as a Dancehall performer.

Dir. Cori Wapnowski • 2017 • USA • 69 mins • Cert 15

Plus licensed bar serving a range of beers, wines, soft drinks and snacks.

Plus Dancehall Class with Ignition Dance Company

We are delighted to be joined by Shelaine Prince from Ignition Dance Company, who will bring the magic of dancehall to life with a fun and dynamic dance class before the film. All levels welcome. Starts 6.30pm. Places are limited and cost £5 per person. This does not include entry to the film and these tickets must be purchased separately. Sign up here

More about Shelaine:

Shelaine's passion for dancehall began at the age of 3 when she trained as a gymnast, winning multiple trophies and medals on behalf of her schools & The Borough of Croydon Gymnastics Team. 

Living in a Jamaican household with two older brothers as influential DJs in South London, she grew up with all the sounds and textures of dancehall. Her passion for gymnastics, music and her culture lead her to embrace Dancehall Female (queen) steps and is now co artist director of Ignition Dance Company which holds successful dance classes run in Brixton. Alongside her business partner, Verona Patterson, Shelaine focuses on female empowerment through the music and dances of the African Dispora, mainly Afrobeat & Dancehall

Shelaine's most recent credits include dancing in a Levi Jeans advert in 2017, and a music video for Clean Bandit's “Come Over” feat Stylo Gee in 2014.

For more info on Shelaine and IDC please check the website:

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