Dirty dancing

By Simone Morgan Observer reporter

Monday, May 23, 2016

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Choreographer Orville Hall is outraged at the latest ‘dance’ trend which sees the manhandling of females by male dancers.


"That is not dancing, it is the abuse of women. It is very disrespectful to the females," Hall told the Jamaica Observer.


Videos of popular male dancers ripping the clothes off a female and gyrating wildly on her as she tries to flee have made social media rounds this month.


After coming under fire from social media users, one of the dancers issued a public apology through his Instagram page. Detectives from the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse have launched a probe into the incident.


Similar occurrences have reportedly taken place.


Hall described the act as barbaric, adding that it is worse than the ‘daggering’ craze of seven years ago.


"This is a new level of abuse. A few years ago, we had daggering and it was banned, but it was nothing like this. No one was left feeling hurt or ashamed. It was about us, dancers, showing off our flexibility and agility. Everyone was having fun," he said.


"I will never condone or try to justify those practices. We need choreographed dancing. Some of these dancers need to revisit the 1980s when a woman would gyrate her body sexually and a male would ask her politely for a dance. What is happening now is a criminal act," Hall stressed.


Hall first conducted classes in dancehall choreography while a student at Excelsior Community College, in 1998.


After graduating in 2000, he returned one year later to earn an Associate Degree in the Performing Arts. Hall recently returned from a seven-country tour that included performances in Greece, Spain and the United States.

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