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WHO’S THAT GIRL !!!

Dancehall Dancer, Choreographer & Professor, Laure Courtellemont is well-known worldwide as the best in her profession. Originally from France, she ‘s now Based in LOS ANGELES and teaches every week at Dance Factory. She also has been teaching at the famous New York Broadway Dance Center.

The rest of the time, She travels the world to share her amazing talent & experience, attending exhibitions, festivals and workshops. To date she teaches everywhere from Brazil to New York (where she lived from 2008 through 2010) via the West Indies, Russia, Poland, Siberia, Finland, Jamaica, Tahiti, Mexico, Turkey and The Czech Republic. So many Countries she is known as the most talented dancer and one of her own kind …

She shines through perfection and mastery of her dance moves. With a mix of originality, grace, character, sensuality and femininity, she makes dancehall accessible to the grand public. You do not need to be an expert to appreciate her talent; her choreographies are proof as well as her YouTube videos with millions of viewers.

NIKE SPORT EQUIPMENT COLLABORATION – 2001/2007

No one is immune to her talent. From 2001 to 2007 Laure has long-continued to associate herself with Nike, sportive equipment. Their collaboration is carried through organizing events destined to promote Nike. The success was immediate and undeniable to the grand public as well as to the decision makers of Nike-Europe. As a result Laure became the spokes model of the European campaign “TAKE SPORT ADD MUSIC”. This collaboration is presented through events for Nike Women (Ragga Jam by Nike) & “FLASH MOBS” in the most prestigious areas of Paris (Opéra de Paris, Galeries Lafayette, Jardin du Luxembourg…).

RECOGNIZED BY HER PEERS

Laure teaches Ragga Jam at the biggest dance events around the world, she is also a member of jury in the biggest dance competitions in the world (SDK, UDC, Big Up Kemp, Rio H2K, International Bresil, Boot Dance Camp, Juste Debout…). Her class, performance and choreography have been amongst the most renowned on the TV show YOU CAN DANCE. Recognized as one of the 16 Dancehall Instructors worldwide. She inspires the new generation and her classes are jam-packed!!

REEBOK PARTNERSHIP

Since 2012, Laure Courtellemont is part of the Reebok renewal. As the Brand decided to join forces with Alicia Keys and others artist worldwide, Laure was plotted as the one the main character to get involved in this big project.

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PHOTOS 

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LOS ANGELES CARNIVAL MAY 2015

ROCK THE BOAT

LAURE COURTELLEMONT CHOREOGRAPHY

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RAGGA JAM DANCEHALL 

RAGGA JAM IS AN EXPRESSION OF THE AFRO JAMAICAIN CULTURE : DANCEHALL.

Conceptualized in Paris in 1996, Ragga Jam was born from a profound desire to democratize and tobring this very rich culture, through dance, to the grand public.

It’s a pedagogic concept and choreographic vision of the Jamaican culture.
My objective was to teach and choreograph these rhythms and this dance that was not known before, coming from “Streets of Jamaica”.

It’s the spirit of reggae and Jamaican dances on the rhythm of Dancehall.

The love and respect of this culture are translated and shared through fun choreographies, rich andsensible to musical variations, in a pedagogical concept where everyone is incorporatedRagga Jamis the dance class of my dreams, constructed through my musical sensibility, my perception of Jamaica and my desire to unite people through a culture and art.

Ragga Jam was created in a particular context.
In the 90’s in Europe, this music was born (1993 for one of the first tracks received from Jamaica on all airwaves, in particular Radio Nova).Very few knew, except in the reggae world underground. France was receiving the influences and the artistic expressions from the French West Indies, Africa, Maghreb and the USAHip hop had been established 10 years or so ago, and the events that were organized regrouped all of these different influencesRagga jam was therefore born from a context of diversity and interestof different cultures among the present communities.

Being omnipresent in my perception and evolution of dance was the hip hop music, the Caribbean rhythms and the power and sense of African dance.At that time, due to the difficult access to information (no internet, no YouTube) my first research was based on the people I met, my conversations, my sensations and my relationship with music as well as 2 or 3 video clips that could be perceived on television.

Music, in the same way I think all dancers, were thus my guide, because it proved to be everything I need to know.

The diversity, with its richness, being a concept and I would even say a philosophy of life, in which I believe profoundly; I let myself go with the exchange, the sound, the feel and with time through other sources of information « Made in Jamaica » (journeys, videos, films, books, documentaries).

In my opinion, once again, a culture is widespread when it is taught and presented in a fun way.

As would say CRAZY HYPE (MOB DANCERZ – KINGSTON JA):
« RAGGA for REGGAE and JAM for JAMAICA…. »

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