Maxi Clan still moving to the beat

Saturday, August 11, 2018

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For fans of Where It's At, the dancers were just as popular as the artistes who appeared on the weekly television show. Some of the best moves came from Maxwell “Maxi Clan” Tracey.

Still “young enough” to dance up a storm, Maxi Clan is scheduled to hit the tiles at Magnolia Ballroom in Plantation, Florida, on August 25 for 'Where It's At: The Annual Reunion'.

He was among numerous alumni who attended the first revival in South Florida last year. He is looking forward to the event next month, which celebrates a show that went off the air 35 years ago.

“Where It's At was a great show 'cause it help expose nuff talented youth. One a di greatest thing is, it make me a household name,” he told Jamaica Observer.

At his peak, Maxi Clan was the face of dancing in Jamaica, compared in some circles to John Travolta whose moves in the 1977 movie Saturday Night Fever made him a superstar.

The affable Clan also opened for soul group The Dells when they performed at the Regal cinema in Kingston, and did dance exhibitions in the eastern Caribbean.

He considers his choreography more classic compared to the street innovations of Bogle, Ice and contemporary dancers like Ding Dong.

“Inna di '70s it was mostly what we called funky. Yuh had one reggae group an' dat was Scorch, everybody else was into funky' — an' dat's what yuh saw on Where It's At,” Maxi Clan explained.

Maxwell Tracey always wanted to be a dancer. Growing up in Tower Hill, Kingston, during the early 1970s he was inspired by the snazzy dancing of James Brown and was struck by the natural moves in the Black Power concert movie, Wattstax.

His early groups were Soul Clan and GQ, but he had gone solo when he made his Where It's At debut in 1976, the show's fourth year on the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation.

Along with Claudette Riley (who died in the United States this year) he was the primary dancer on Where It's At until it went off the air in the early 1980s. It was during that period he began working at the Ministry of Environment and Housing, a job he held for 16 years.

A social worker by profession, he holds a certificate in community development from The University of the West Indies.

The era of funky dancing went out long ago, as dancehall's rise in the 1990s introduced urban heroes like Bogle and his flamboyant Black Roses Crew. Bogle and Maxi Clan shared moves, and the spotlight, in singer Carlene Davis' music video for Dial my Number.

Maxi Clan is still dancing up a storm. He is a fixture at oldies venues like Rae Town and Ken's Wildflower.

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