Dancing in the streets of Jamaica is one of the best ways to experience the culture of the local people. Because tourism plays an important role in the income of the country, many locals take part in street dancing as a way of life. For this reason, many of the dancehall music events that are scheduled to take place within local recreational centres are moved to the streets of Jamaica during the day or night. What’s more it is easy for you to hop on Jamaica flights to experience the atmosphere for yourself.

Local and international guest DJs are invited to get the street party started with authentic sounds of Jamaican music (in particular ska, reggae and dancehall). Some of the most famous Jamaican music genres began in the same streets where locals and travellers dance on today. Travellers to Jamaica are sure to experience authentic Jamaican style and sound, and enjoy the community atmosphere of the local scene.

With almost 40 distinct dancing styles that have both religious and secular meanings, Jamaican dance offers vacationers a chance to experience part of the authentic cultural heritage of the islands. Most Jamaican dances can be categorised under African, European, and Creole origins.

However, there are several modern and traditional Jamaican dances that travellers can experience while on vacation, including dancehall, Maroon, PukKumina (a little madness!), Revival, Rastafari, Myal, Jonkonnu, Hosay, Skanking and Bogly.

Many traditional Jamaican dances have Christian religious meaning. Although, Hosay and Jonkonnu have ceremonial meanings, they are considered to be secular dances to the people of Jamaica.

Many Jamaican dances will be performed to traditional Jamaican music styles such as reggae, dub music, ska and mento. Just like the roots of their dancing traditions, many Jamaican music rhythms stem from other countries including Europe, the Caribbean Islands and Africa.

For this reason, travellers may also hear Jamaican music genres, such as soca, rapping, calypso, jungle music and lovers rock. Modern street dances in Jamaica may also include raggamuffin or ragga music as a sub-genre to both reggae and dancehall music combined.

What would a Jamaican dance party be without additional fun on the side-lines? Both local vendors and natives are always prepared for dancehall events that are held outdoors. For this reason, many locals and business owners will sell authentic food and drinks, local art work and T-Shirts.

Locals often invite vacationers to play table games as a break from dancing. The experience of dancing in the streets of Jamaica provides many travellers with an unforgettable memory that will last for many years to come.

Are you a dance enthusiast or simply looking to experience something unique, rhythmic and joyful? Use flight comparison tools to get a good deal on flights to Jamaica and remember to pack your dancing shoes.

Simon Clark is an accomplished travel writer with over five years of experience. He focuses on holiday destinations in Egypt, Turkey and other Mediterranean spots.

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