Dancer Choreographer Photographer
Korie Genius was born in Kingston, Jamaica and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. He has been studying dance for many years and is well-versed in many styles including hip hop, dancehall, flexing, krumping and popping. Korie’s roots in the culture of dancehall has led to a career in this art form. He has been teaching the style for over 5 years at studios including Brooklyn Dance Project, Broadway Dance Center and Peridance both on his own and with his group, Blackgold. Genius has choreographed for and performed with many well-known artists including Mr. Lexx and Mr. Vegas and has been featured in many music videos including Bunji Garlin’s “Brrt” and Rebel Star’s “Look What I Can Do.” He has also choreographed for Syabrite and Sirens After Dark in New York City.
Recently, Korie created a very popular dancehall workshop, “Badda Dan Dem,” which brings choreographers and teachers from all over the world together to share their passion for dancehall.
Korie strives to make his class accessible to all levels of learners by mixing simple grooves and movements with more intricate choreography. He infuses each class with authentic dances that help the student to understand the roots of dancehall. Korie is very passionate about his craft and this shows through in each class he shares with his students. His goal as a teacher is to share his love of dancehall and to help all his students feel confident in the style.
BLACKGOLD is three choreographers working together sharing their love for dancehall. Hanna Herbertson, Korie “Genius” & Kendell “History” Hinds are a dynamic, versatile trio that are pushing Dancehall choreography forward in a new way. They are all trained in other styles like for example hip hop, gliding, flexing, popping, jazz & house.
BLACKGOLD was founded in Sept 2009 and in a short period of time they have accomplished a lot. They performed at Mad Decent’s Block Party alongside Max Glazer of Federation Sound + artists like Mr Lexx, Ricky Blaze & Shelley. In June 2010 they danced on the CBS Early show alongside Mr. Vegas & New Kingston Band in front of 3 million viewers! They also recently performed with legendary artist Mr Lexx at Atlantic Records Core DJ event in Orlando, FL. Blackgold has also spent some time working on stage coaching with artist Esco Da Shocker. As a group they had the opportunity to open up for a well known artist by the name of Collie Buddz at Santos Party House. This group has performed numerous industry showcases such as the Sybarite showcase and at Rhapsody James “Sirens After Dark”. BlackGold has also worked with reggae/dancehall artists Cherry L & Donny Yardas on stage performances, music videos etc. Blackgold has been seen at NYC marathon, Williamsburg Charter High School and at the hottest nightclubs in the city and the boroughs showcasing their unique dancehall style.
BLACKGOLD has completed their 1 year anniversary mixtape/DVD together with DJ Gravy & DJ Select. The mixtape feature artists that BLACKGOLD has worked with and tunes they have used for shows and classes. Use the links below to listen to and download the Anniversary Mixtape mixed by DJ Gravy & DJ Select.