It's All About Dancing
Various Artists
February 06, 2006

Label Penalty Recordings
Format DVD - Region Free
Languages English/Patois
Subtitles English
Length 105 minutes (approx.)
Producer/Director Carleene Samuels/Jay Will
Penalty Recordings in conjunction with Fine Gold Productions put out the DVD "It's All About Dancing". It's nicknamed 'Jamaican Dance-U-Mentary", claiming to be the first official DVD to capture the vibrant and sometimes outrageous culture of the Jamaican dancehall. The film features local and international dancehall artists and dancers such as Beenie Man, Elephant Man, T.O.K., Mr. Vegas, Voicemail, Macka Diamond, Tanto Metro & Devonte, Tony Matterhorn, Richie Feelings, Bogle, John Hype, Ice, Sadiqy & G-Unit and dancehall queens Latisha and Kiyo.

This DVD does for Jamaican dancing what David LaChappelle's acclaimed film "Rize" did for Los Angeles "krump" dancing: It is the first feature-length documentary to showcase a local dance culture in its truest form. Filmed on location in the country where dancehall was born, this DVD spotlights the scene's rich and colorful cast of talent: dancehall selectors, DJs and dancers, almost all of whom are native to Jamaica. The film is hosted by premiere Jamaican dancer "Ding Dong," who was discovered by infamous DJ Tony Matterhorn and--having recently appeared in videos by Elephant Man and Beenie Man--is today's hottest dancehall personality.

Together in one "dance-u-mentary," dancehall superstars delve into the history, language and sometimes over-the-top style of dancehall culture. It definitely does a good effort to reveal the essence of dancehall via interviews and candid monologues, inter-spliced with improvisational dance sequences meant to school even a beginner in the moves of the dancehall. What makes this DVD even more interesting is the 'tribute' to the infamous Gerald "Bogle" Levy, founding father of Jamaican dancing (and mentor to Ding Dong). Bogle was gunned down in Kingston in January, one year ago to the film's release date. Also on the DVD are more than 60 dances demonstrations, including : Wacky Dip, Willie Bounce, Step Away, Jiggy, Fan Them Off, Scoobay, Weddy Weddy, Shankle Dip, VIP, Dr. Bird, Oh My Swing to name but a few. A nice part is the 'Dancehall Queens' chapter, highlighting some of the most famous female dancehall dancers, further features include 'Dancehall Fashion' and 'Dancehall Slang'. Most live footage comes from "Passa Passa", one of Kingston's most popular and longest running parties.

Unlike most dancehall DVD's, this one stands out for it's video and audio quality, it is a professional and full featured presention of a 'subculture' that has an enormous impact on youths troughout the world. The DVD is directed by Jason "Jay Will" Williams, who has directed internationally released music videos for Shaggy, T.O.K., Voicemail.