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Sydney’s premier celebration of Dancehall, Reggae & Afro Beats will be returning to Plan B Small Club, and while their dancefloors usually go extremely hard, we’re expecting this edition to bring even more heat. The Dutty Dancing competition will be taking place, looking for a new champion to crown with a zesty soundtrack provided by regulars Shantan Wantan Ichiban and Nick Toth, with this month’s special guest being the OG himself Mike Who.
So what does it take to become a Dutty Dancing queen and win the coveted crown and gold rope? We chat to current reigning champion Malaika Salatis – who absolutely wowed everyone in attendance at the last competition with her mind-boggling moves – about her background in dancing and a little advice for this month’s hopefuls. Read below and get all the Dutty Dancing details here:
I don’t know, really that’s a tricky question. I’m just happy! Yes I do have my crown and my big gold chain, and I will keep them as long as I can. They’re part of my trip to Australia.
I started since I’ve been able to walk. I wanted to follow my auntie when she was dancing in the backyard with her friends, I was there dancing behind them. And they were dancing Afro, Soukouss, Dancehall, Ragga and Malaya. These dances are my roots. Everything can be taught but you might need a bit of talent as well. There’s thing you can’t change, for some people it just come naturally!
As long as I remember, no! The first time I jumped on a stage and did it, I just felt good. It might be the effect of the adrenaline. But I’m trained dancer (ballet) so I won’t advise anyone to do it without being sure of their skills.
And a curious question! I don’t know if we can really explain it. The obvious thing is you better have a bit of booty to do it.
That’s a very sensitive subject and I could argue hours about it. I just hope that this will open the door for many Dancehall artists that really do this with love and passion.
I recently performed for Stonebwoy and I got a big crush on one his tracks featuring Cynthia Morgan called ‘Bubble Bup.’
Break off your back gurls!