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RECAP | Back 2 Basics Femme Edition: Dancehall Foundations & Choreography w/ Aimee Rose

Updated: Jun 14, 2023

Updated 8/16/22

On behalf of all of us at Rae Studios’ More Than Movement, a huge thank you for attending our Back 2 Basics Dancehall: Femme Edition with Aimee Rose (she/her). We are grateful for all of our students that soaked up the energy during the Dancehall workshop and challenged their comfort zones. Thank you to Aimee for not only returning for a second round but truly elevating the class and the experience. We are already looking forward to round three!

Aimee focused primarily on female movements with specific moves such as:

  • Whining (8 Positions)

  • Jiggle (3 variations)

  • Tick Tocks (2 variations)

  • Bouncing

  • Quinting/ The Indicator

  • Mix It Up

  • BBE

  • Quality by La Tonya

  • Boom On it

For the first half of the workshop, Aimee broke down the technique behind these movements. She emphasized the importance of confidence even if some of the positions were uncomfortable or felt unnatural. Every few moves, Aimee would give her students dedicated time to work on one move they found the most difficult and one move they were most comfortable with.

In the second half of the workshop, Aimee combined some of the movements together in a sexy combo for the students to have something to take home to practice. To wrap up the class, students would perform the combo in small groups to give each dancer a moment to shine.

You can find Aimee’s resources and more on our More Than Movement Resource Google Document.

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Our Teacher: Aimee Rose (she/her)

Event Staff: Lexi (she/her) and Kristie (she/her) of the More Than Movement Committee

Operations Team: Jessica (she/her), Kevin (he/him), Diamond Thrower (she/her), JJ Ghera (they/them) , and Andy (he/him). A special shout out to Kevin as this was his last More Than Movement event before heading off to UC Riverside for grad school! We love you, Kevin!

Photos/Video found here! Tag: @raestudiossf , @tropicalitrapsetta , and @lexinut7 (photographer/videographer) #MoreThanMovement


-Past Event Workshop-

About the workshop: Everyone is welcome to join us for this exciting workshop with Aimee Rose! In this class, we are going to get back to the basics and the foundations of female-style dancehall. These are the original movements and building blocks of the new school AKA modern female dancehall steps. In the first hour, we are going to break down Whining, Jiggling, Bouncing, Tic Tocs, Quinting, and learn some of their variations. In the second hour, we will put our new tricks into practice, plus learn some of the hottest new school dancehall steps right now in a cute little choreography for your enjoyment and practice. While this is focused on the foundations of female style in dancehall, this is an inclusive space. All are welcome.

Date: Sunday, August 14th, 2022 | 1:30pm- 3:30pm PT

Location: Rae Studios, 414 Mason St. 705, San Francisco, CA 94102

Dress Code: Booty shorts or loose pants, and any attire that you feel comfortable moving in.

Tickets: $25 Prepay / $30 Drop-In

Hosted by the More Than Movement Committee. Learn more about their work.

Tickets: Register on Eventbrite or using your MindBody App.

About Aimee Rose:

Aimee Rose (she/her) is the creator of TropiCali Dancehall (Jamaican dancehall with a Cali swag) and is a self-proclaimed ambassador for Jamaican Dancehall dance in the Bay Area. Since 2013, Aimee Rose has been studying Dancehall and since 2015 has been traveling back and forth between Kingston, Jamaica and the Bay Area learning as much dance as she can while in JA and bringing this back to share with her community. In JA she has studied with well known names including Boysie Roses, Black Eagles, Supreme Blazers, Xqlusiv Crew, Kriptic Klique, Hectic Dymondz, Elite Team, Rifical Team, Get there Squad, Colo Colo, Kimiko Versatile, Latonya Style, Queen Latesha, Jackhammer girls, Dancing Rebel, Kaytii Insanity, Kissy McKoy and many more!

In the Bay Area, Aimee has hosted workshops for the top Jamaican and international dancehall dancers such as Kimiko Versatile (JA), Boysie Roses (JA), Latonya Style (JA), Queen Latesha (JA), Rahmus Rifical (JA), Godzilla Boss OG (JA), Rollx Hectic Dymondz (JA), Nadiah NfuZion (AU), Katerina Trotskya (RU), Jay-C Val (FR), Betty Rox (USA), Lorenzo Hanna of Dancehall Funk (USA), and Tango Leadaz (USA).

As a devotee and missionary of the dancehall gospel, Aimee believes there is no replacement for actually experiencing dance in Jamaica which is why she also hosts guided trips to Jamaica with her partner Charlotte Nehm of Mango Yard Kingston (@mangoyardkingston) (#Bay2Ja) twice a year for dancehall dance tourist to experience classes, real dancehall parties, and beautiful Jamaica.

Aimee's performance group, has opened for such reggae and dancehall artists such as Christopher Martin, Alborosie, and Cham. Aimee has danced in Jamaica’s biggest concert SumFest in 2016, performed in Sierra Nevada World Music Festival from 2012-2018 as well as choreographed or contributed choreography to artist videos such as Macka Diamond, Zanni, Easi Money, MC Rai, Los Rakas, Seneca, Remi Red, and Bayonics. In addition, Aimee also dances and performs with the Bay Area’s only all-female dancehall squad, the B.A.E. Squad (Believe Achieve Empower).

For more info about Aimee Rose and to take class from her, please visit

Follow on IG: @TropiCaliTrapsetta @TropiCaliDancehall

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Registration and proof of vaccination are required for this event.

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