July 13, 2019

Soca Carnival with RISE Youth Company

Area – Youth

Soca carnival originates from Trinidad and Tobago. The current style evolved from Calypso music in the 1970s. We focus on the high energy vibe of carnival, as well as touching on the traditional character roles expressed through the style such as Pierrot Granade, the supreme jester and the Jab Jab, an evil devil. Soca began as Canboulay, a copy of the masquerade balls held by the French slave owners by the slaves, mixed with their own folk law. Over time the dance became a celebration of liberation and freedom and is now widely used in carnivals known as Soca within the region and across the world.

About Helen and RISE

Helen trained as an apprentice in a professional company led by Phoenix Dance founders, going onto dance with companies like RJC Dance company where she trained in Soca Carnival. Helen loves the vibe and atmosphere of carnival that brings communities together.

RISE Youth Dance is a Bristol based youth dance company providing citywide training, access and progression for young dancers from the ages of 8 – 19.

RISE aims to build aspiration and skills for members through dance in classes, performances and teaching, through rigorous training, visiting artists, intensives, and relationships with partner dance organisations.

The Company is recognised nationally as an excellent training ground for young dancers and has been selected for U.Dance, the National Youth Dance Festival three times. Many students progress to the UK’s top training institutions such as Trinity Laban and The Place. RISE teachers are regularly invited to lead workshops to develop technique, choreographic skills or to talk to young people about progression to a career in dance.