A dance class that centers the pleasure of moving in your unique body and dancing for your own gaze. This class is first and foremost pleasure based! It’s a mix of freestyle, steps, drills and choreos, integrating elements of dance styles like Female* Dancehall and Twerk. We will focus on shaking, whining and finding freedom starting from the hips, exploring facettes of movement without sexist, binary judgment.
This class is only open to FLINTA* and/or LGBTQIA+, warmly inviting BIPOC to the forefront! In this safer space, we practice unlearning capitalistic ideas of competition, perfection and limiting beliefs that we must look, move or feel a certain way to enjoy the magic of dancing. (FLINTA* = Frauen, Lesben, Inter, Non-Binary, Trans und Agender*; LGBTQIA = Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersexual und Asexual+)
If you have a body, you are a dancer!
While systems of oppression constantly perpetuate body shame and pleasure guilt, we are holding space for each other – claiming our bodies and the pleasure of movement.
*If your financial situation is holding you back, please get in touch with beat1060 – we can provide limited community spots free of charge!
Language in class: german and english
Important information before registration:
This class is not open to everyone – it is a space for FLINTA* and/or LGBTQIA+ and not open to hetero cis-gender men.
We trust and expect you to respect the FLINTA* and/or LGBTQIA+ Safer Space and to only participate if you identify as LGBTQIA+ and/or FLINTA*. No one’s gender identity or sexual orientation will be guessed based on their appearance, and you will not be required to out or explain yourself to be welcome.
is a dance style known for shaking the booty and hips in numerous variations in a low, squatting stance. Using the glutes and hips in dance can be traced back to different african and afro-diasporic dances like the Mapouka dance (Ivory Coast), the Baikoko dance (Tanzania), the Acholi dance (Uganda/Sudan), Bucking (a black dance tradition in historically black colleges/universities in the USA) or to the New Orleans Bounce music and dances.
Twerking gained significant popularity in the United States, particularly in the hip-hop and club dance scenes. The term “twerk” itself is derived from the New Orleans Bounce music scene and has been popularized by songs, music videos, and celebrities like Beyonce or Miley Cyrus, who played roles in popularizing the term and dance. It’s important to acknowledge that the cultural roots of twerking and similar dances predate mainstream appearances, originating from African dances and traditions.
While twerking is often viewed or stigmatized as a sexual dance, it is getting more and more popular and has become a means of empowerment and liberation among womxn, celebrated for its energy and cultural significance.
Dancehall and Female* Dancehall
is both a genre of music and a cultural dance movement that originated in Jamaica in the late 1970s. Along with the music, which has a broad thematic range including party vibes, love, sexuality, and social commentary, dancehall has a rich dance culture. Dance moves are created in the streets and clubs of Kingston and other parts of Jamaica and spread through dance events, music videos, and now, social media. New dancehall steps are frequently created, it is a continuously evolving dance form.
Dancehall dance is vibrant, energetic, and expressive. Isolations, grounded footwork and the connection to the music (with specific songs often associated with particular dance moves) are fundamental elements of Dancehall. As a music genre and a dance style Dancehall is a significant cultural force, especially within the Caribbean diaspora. It has left a substantial impact on global music and dance scenes, influencing artists and dancers around the world.
While Dancehall dance is a broad category with contributions from all genders, “Female* Dancehall” emphasizes the styles, innovations, and cultural contributions of womxn within this dance community. “Female Dancehall” *does not exclusively refer to the gender of the dancer but rather to a specific style and approach within the dancehall genre that emphasizes movements, aesthetics, and expressions often associated with femininity. Movements often accentuate the hips, waist, and chest, allowing dancers to express themselves in a sensual manner. A feminine flair and stylization is added to the movement, drawing a distinction to general dancehall movements. Some female* dancehall dancers and choreographers intertwine their art with feminist perspectives, using dance to comment on issues like gender roles, body autonomy, and female* empowerment.
In the realm of dance, “Dancehall Queen” is a title given to female dancers who excel in dancehall choreography and freestyle. Their styles can be very acrobatic and athletic, incorporating elements like splits, lifts, or advanced floorwork. The title can be won in Dancehall Queen competitions, which are popular in Jamaica and other parts of the world.
While the term “Female* Dancehall” might suggest gender boundaries to non-binary, gender non-conforming or genderqueer folx, it can be a way to explore gender expansiveness through dance.