Hanna Is Golden calls for more support for Jamaican dancers
With more than two decades teaching and promoting dancehall dances in New York and Sweden, Hanna Is Golden has seen the impact of dancehall culture many times over.
With the industry's global influence, she believes more can be done to support those in it, especially during these times.
"What I still would like to see more of is the Jamaican government, Caribbean companies and record labels supporting and acknowledging the dancers," she told Dancers' Paradise. "It has been extremely difficult for many creatives during the pandemic and, from what I heard, hardly any support has been given to the artistic community."
Hanna Is Golden recently left the island where she was brought up to date with the latest dancehall moves by Latonya Styles. She has previously said that the simplest dancehall moves like 'Signal Di Plane' are often the ones that go mainstream, and gave her take on the dances generated today.
"Just like with everything else, there are trends in every genre," she stated. "For the general public that are fans of the music and vibes, as well as the non-dancers, the easy dances are key. I've seen it in both dancehall and when I spent time in Nigeria and witnessed the boom of Afrobeats moves during 2018 and 2019. What Jamaican creators have managed to do is capture so many dancers around the world in places like Russia, Poland, Japan, Sweden and more since the style is challenging and new moves are constantly being promoted. After being away from the scene for a while, I am happy to see that dancehall is still evolving and new dances like 'Dirt Bounce' by Tyreke, for example, have gone global."
Hanna Is Golden could do a master class about going global. The dancer, also a creative strategist and content creator, has amassed millions of views and likes on TikTok where she often showcases dancehall moves. Though she joined the platform for fun, her growing popularity continues to provide endless opportunities.
"I did a few brand collaborations last year but, as my accounts and reach grow, I am looking to work with more and bigger brands," she said. "A dream is to do what I love doing, which is to travel, eat food and dance, and get paid for it. For now, I'll continue to have fun and be myself on TikTok and not worry about statistics. That has worked for me thus far, so we shall see where it will take me this year," she said.