Currently Shurfiyah Entertainment has become the go to for authentic, energetic, and fun dancehall classes in the central Florida and surrounding areas. If you’re looking to break a sweat and bust a wine, come take a class and get hooked to this exciting style of dance!
The story of Shurfiyah Entertainment has been in the works for quite some time, but finally came to life in February 2015. The CEO/Owner was awoken out of her sleep on MLK Day 2011. A little while prior to her waking up with the vision of Shurfiyah Entertainment, Ms. Star was reading and stumbled on the word “surefire” which means, bound to be successful. She immediately fell in love with the meaning and knew this would inspire her in the future.
The twist on the original spelling and pronunciation came from her Caribbean roots. Ms. Amaris Star, is a proud descendant of Jamaican parents and has adopted the culture in her everyday life. The reggae and dancehall music that was played around her household growing up began to resonate throughout her natural gift of dance, which eventually became her favorite style of dance.
The emotion, the movement, the strong cultural ties, and the music led Ms. Star down the path to become a dancehall choreographer. After seeing Sean Paul’s “Gimme the Light” music video, Ms. Star began studying the genre and researching the latest dance craze and prominent choreographers, like Tanisha Scott, Laura Courtellemont, and Orville of Xpressions Dance in Kingston, JA.
The idea of creating a center for youth and dance studio combo has always been the ultimate goal and vision for ShurFiyah Entertainment. We are still waiting for this plan to come to fruition but the possibilities are endless!
What Is Dancehall?
If you’re looking for a fun and innovative class to take then we encourage you to stop by and check out our beginners’ dancehall class! Dancehall originated in the beautiful island of Jamaica in the mid to late 1970’s. This genre is derived from reggae music which is fun, energetic, and upbeat. The combination of drums over a hard hitting bass line provides the foundation of dancehall music. These “riddims” are placed in various songs as popular beats are used for artist to sing and rap over the music. This lively and massive sound encourages audiences from all walks of life to keep the party going and dance! This trendy style of music soon inspired young people in Jamaica to create unique dance moves to accompany the music. The popularity of dancehall spread throughout the island and into the mainstream airways. Many of the moves consist of rolling the hips, isolations, high energy movements incorporating the whole body, and smooth grooves. With the growing popularity of the style, many dances were created to go along with the different dancehall songs. Countless hip hop moves have been derived from the dancehall genre due to its overall versatility and style. As dancehall continues to evolve, one thing will remain the same, and that is the exciting feeling that comes along with learning a new routine! We will provide a warm up to incorporate stretching along with signature dancehall moves. Next, students will learn a choreographed routine including moves learned from the warm up. Finally, students will be given an opportunity to showcase the routine for their peers at the end of each class.
Choreography & Dance Performance Highlights
- • RUKUS Hip Hop Dance Team 2005 -2009, Artistic Director 2007-2009
- • Bartram Trail High School National Dance Competition – Large Varsity Hip Hop Competition – 1st Place 2008, 2009 & 2010
- • BET’s Spring Bling Revamped & BET’s Wildin’ Out Wednesday 2006 & 2007
- • UF Caribsa Talent Show Competition 1st Place 2007, 2008, 2009
- • University of Central Florida Knight Moves University Dance Association Hip Hop Competition 9th Place – 2012
What Our Clients Are Saying About us
I loved Mareeka’s Dancehall Class so much! It was my very first time trying hip hop and it’s completely out of my comfort zone, but I knew Mareeka would be the right person to get me comfortable with it. I liked her casual yet informative style of teaching and how she kept everyone in the class engaged (there were all ages between 10 to 45+). I would take her class again in a heartbeat even though I’m not good at hip hop … cause her class is all about having fun!!
• Lakshmi, 41 years old, Orlando FL
I’ve always had a great time in each class. Mareeka [Amaris Star] is an amazing, energetic & fun instructor. She works very well with all levels, so there’s no excuse to not join her classes.
• Jessica, 27 Years Old, Orlando, FL
Dance is meant to be fun and expressive. This is exactly what you will get when attending Mareeka’s [Amaris Star] dance classes. The atmosphere is welcoming allow anyone no matter what level to jump right on in!
• Ben, 27 years old, Orlando, FL
It was my first time ever taking a dance hall class. It was a great experience because I had an opportunity to learn a new form of dancing. What I liked the most about the class was that she took her time to break down certain dance moves to the class.
• Ashley, 17 Years Old, Oviedo, FL
“It was a joy to work with Mareeka and have her share her talents with the children! She was professional, charming, and well-versed in her skill. Her passion for dancing is contagious and no child was left standing still. It is always a pleasure to work with Mareeka! I can’t wait until our next project!”Mabelise Gilles of Seminole County Public Schools Title 1 Curriculum Specialist