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She calls herself Stacia Fya and she’s not inclined to talk too much about herself, except about her passion for dance.
That passion, says the young Jamaican, extends to various forms of dance to accompany various genres of music. She claims to be quite adept at most, but it is as a Dancehall performer that she has been making her mark.
At home, as a member of Dance JA, a community-based institution established about three years ago, she has been making a name for herself as a teacher of what she calls Confidence Dance (dancehall without the cosquelled slackness that is usually associated with the art form).
“For me, it’s no more about the multi-colored wigs, the batty riders, flipping, gyrating and daggering,” she says. “What I’m promoting is techniques in movement, style and body flow with confidence.”
Any woman who is confident and strong will not allow a man to abuse her on the dance floor.”
Daughter of Doreen Faith Bucknor, a principal performer with Jamaica’s LTM Pantomime Production Company, Stacia considers herself “a child of the theatre” and holds true to the merits of rehearsals and proper preparation.
She wants to take her dance, Dancehall and other forms, to the highest halls around the world, but says she first has to prepare students to take it to the next level.
She says teachers from Dance JA travel to Europe regularly to train hundreds of proponents of Dancehall.
For the past several weeks Stacia has been making the rounds across Montreal performing at the recent Jamaica Day celebrations on Parc Jean Drapeau and the Tony Materhorn concert on Carifiesta night.
On Saturday, July 25, she will host the Dance Hall Queen Dance competition at the Jamaica Association.