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Jamaican dancer takes it to Argentina

Going Global

BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer staff reporter morgans@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, May 23, 2014    

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AT a time when when critics believe dancehall is rife with mediocrity, dancer Global Bob is carrying its torch worldwide with his innovative moves.

He recently returned from a six-day cultural exchange in Argentina. He says dancehall music has a strong following in the South American country.

"It wasn't just about us selling our name but it was about our culture and history," said Global Bob. "Too often persons are misled to believe that dancehall is all negative. We showcased a positive side, leaving thousands of persons with new-found knowledge."

He said the lectures, which were held at a mini-stadium in the capital Buenos Aires, attracted thousands of fans from as far as Columbia and Chile.

The 26-year-old will next travel to Brazil for the June 4-9 Goias Interaction Dance Festival followed by another cultural exchange in Poland.

From August 8-12, he and Orville Hall of Dance Expressionz will visit Taiwan followed by a five-nation tour of Europe in October.

According to Global Bob (real name Chad Torrington), preparing for each event requires discipline.

"I don't do a lot of sightseeing as it's not a vacation for me. I meditate, take a lot of vitamins and get as much rest as I can. I don't get caught up in the girls and the hype," he said.

A graduate of Wolmer's Boys' School, Global Bob graduated from the University of Technology in 2011 with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management.

He has appeared in numerous music videos including Konshens' Ole Time Reggae, Brick & Lace's Bad to The Bone and Voicemail's Gangalee.

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