b. Gerald Levy, Jamaica, West Indies. Levy began his career performing dance moves to disco music. He claimed that his occupation was nurtured, curiously, through the espousal of the renowned Jamaican poet Louise Bennett. He stated that it was through Bennett’s support of the arts that she inspired Levy who became recognised as Jamaica’s leading creator of new dances. Through his admiration of the Jamaican national hero Paul Bogle, and his love of dancehall, Levy created the ‘Bogle Dance’ in 1992. The dance led to a series of hits endorsing the moves, notably Buju Banton’s ‘Bogle Dance’ and Ninjaman’s ‘Gun Bogle’. The success of Levy’s ragga rumbas led to an international tour, which included an appearance on UK television’s infamous music programme, The Word. The dance remained popular throughout 1993 and further releases supported the dance including the release of Bogle Mania Xterminator Versus Junjo, that featured Capleton, Tumpa Lion, General T.K. , Yellowman and Shaka Shamba. Through the Bogle dance Levy gained notoriety and inspired the producers to create new rhythms with his dance moves in mind. Routines included Sly And Robbie’s ‘Mission Impossible’, as well as the ‘Hot 97’ rhythm inspired by the New York-based radio show and a remake of ‘Bogle Dance’ called the ‘Pelpa Dance’. At Sting ’97, for news on the latest dancehall moves, Levy and his crew were widely courted by the media. His moves led to claims that he helped promote the careers of a number of Jamaican performers and inspired hits such as ‘All Fruits Ripe’ (Junior Reid) and ‘Tink Mi Nice’ (Frisco Kid). In 1999, Levy demonstrated that he was still streetwise when he introduced the Jerry Springer dance, also referred to as (L.O.Y.) Lords Of Yard. Mr. Bogle has maintained a high profile in the dancehall and by 2000 embarked on a career as a performer in his own right.
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