Dancehall Certificate Program

Get Trained in Dancehall

Master the Fundamentals of Dancehall

Registration Closes Jan. 16, 2022

This course is 100% online.

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Term: 1 Semester ( ~4 Months)

This class incorporates fundamentals of Dancehall such as:

  • Afro-Jamaican Dance
  • Old School Dancehall
  • Middle School Dancehall

The skills taught in this program will also prepare students for the professional dance industry.

Why take this course?

  • Gain credibility.
  • Set yourself apart from the competition in a growing and competitive job market.
  • Join a community of dance professionals who are taking this dance worldwide.

Our curriculum includes:

  • Codified dance techniques and social dances
  • Improvisational methods
  • Dance History
  • Competency Tests (Visual and Written)

Evaluation and Advisement

Certificate Program students are guided and mentored by their course instructor and are assessed regularly in order to ensure they are making sufficient progress.

Satisfactory Progress Guidelines

This program is designed to allow students to meet certificate requirements within 6 months and students are expected to complete 100% of their assignments. Should a student fail to do so, their certificate will be placed on hold until they can complete the necessary assignments.

Upon completion of this program, certificate may be added to your Resumé as:

Dancehall Lv. 1, International Urban Dance Academy

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Course Curriculum

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  Week 1 | Afro-Jamaican Dance
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  Week 5 | Middle School: Legendary Colo Colo
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  Week 9 | Middle School: Timeless Crew
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  Week 10 | Middle School: Timeless Crew (part 2)
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  Week 12 | Middle School: M.O.B.
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  Week 13 | Final Exam
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  Week 14 | Closing Out
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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use this certificate to teach?
If you are a teacher you can use this course as a guide while teaching. However, this is not a certification or a teaching certificate.
What is the difference between Level 1 and other certificates?
Unlike mastery courses and teacher trainings, a Level 1 Certificate serves as a building block for further education. Regardless of what you’re learning, steps must be taken towards mastery of a subject. This is one of those steps.
What can I use the certificate for?
Level 1 Certificate through the International Urban Dance Academy can be used as proof that you have completed this course and therefore, put forth the effort to learn the foundations of the dance. Also, this may be added to your resume as a proof of professional training you have received.

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Your Instructor


Soumayah Nanji is an African and Caribbean descent professional dancer, choreographer, performer, and teacher with 25 years of experience. Growing up in the music business as her mom was a music promoter for Capitol records, she is no stranger to the entertainment and dance world. She is trained in African, Ballet, Dancehall, Heels, Hip-Hop, House, Modern, Salsa, Samba, and Street Jazz. Her training spans various schools and performing arts programs nationally and abroad such as Ailey Extension, Bale Folclorico Da Bahia, New Waves Dance and Performance Institute, and Peridance. Soumayah has trained with numerous dance instructors and choreographers from all over the world including Jose Carlos Arandiba, April Berry, Rennie Harris, Korie Genius, Sekou Heru, Kim Holmes, Theodore Jamison, La Mora, Frida Persson, Renee Robinson, and Rosangela Silvestre. In 2012, Soumayah was the first out-of-state Dancehall choreographer to be selected to serve as an artist in residence with the Miami Dade College Dance Department-Kendall Campus and a recipient of the tuition grant for the New Waves Dance and Performance Institute in Trinidad & Tobago, and the 2006 Dynamic Dunham Dance Festival Scholarship recipient. Her certifications include Site Specific Dance and Performance from CalArts and Acting for Film from the New York Film Academy.

Miss Nanji is also a graduate of the Tri-Cities High School Visual and Performing Arts Program where she majored in dance. Soumayah is the Artistic Director of her own dance company, Gifted En Movement Dance Theater and travels the world teaching African diaspora dance. Currently, Miss Nanji is recently completed a dance residency in Afrobeats and Dancehall in Tokyo, Japan with the Hinton Battle Dance Academy and a 3 year tour throughout Southeast Asia, South America and Africa teaching African diaspora dance workshops and lectures in Afrobeats, Dancehall.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and you have access for an entire year! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for an entire year - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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