Feel the island heat in this popular style and sweat your weekly worries away. Soca is an exhilarating Caribbean dance originating from Trinidad and Tobago that blends energetic moves with African and traditional Caribbean dance movements performed to Calypso, Soca, Zouk, Reggae, and Dancehall. Classes include a 35 minute lesson and 15 minute supervised practice, where individual attention will be given and 10 minutes static stretching. Dance shoes are not required.
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Soca , Trinidadian popular music that developed in the s and is closely related to calypso. Used for dancing at Carnival and at fetes, soca emphasizes rhythmic energy and studio production—including synthesized sounds and electronically mixed ensemble effects—over storytelling, a quality more typical of calypso songs, which are performed for seated audiences. The term soca initially spelled sokah was coined in the s by Trinidadian musician Lord Shorty Garfield Blackman , who sang calypso, a type of Afro-Trinidadian song style characterized by storytelling and verbal wit. Although soca is sometimes considered to be a subgenre of calypso—owing to the historical relation between the musics and their common association with Carnival—the two traditions differ in a number of notable respects. Indeed, the genre names calypso and soca formalize a distinction between tent and road where Carnival dancers parade that dates back to the s, when singers first began to perform for paying audiences during the weeks leading up to Carnival. In the s singer Alison Hinds, from Barbados , and her band Square One rose to international soca stardom, and they remained perennial performers at Carnival in Trinidad until they broke up in Calypso songs for the tent privilege wordplay and message over danceability, and they have narrative texts in which a story unfolds across several verses.
Notting Hill Carnival is the most sacred of weekends. The highlight of the summer. The party of the year. And it is finally almost upon us. A celebration of all things Caribbean, Notting Hill Carnival is the only time you can eat curry goat, drink Red Stripe and catch a whine in the middle of the street in West London. The very definition of good vibes. Because how exactly does one catch a whine? Now of course, dancing to Soca, Dancehall or Calypso is often a really instinctual thing. You feel the rhythm and go with it. The first move that the instructors teach in the video is the whine.