Our Jungle City student performance team trains in the style of Dancehall, and are made up of women and men from diverse cultures and social backgrounds from all works of life living and working in Melbourne. Jungle City’s director Cat Pwiti founded the group in 2011 as a gateway for ordinary women and men to do something extraordinary in their lives by transforming through dance – as an means of self-empowerment to inspire their own lives and those around them. By joining our Jungle City dance crew you will not only gain skills in dance but become part of our dance community that goes beyond the class, with many performance opportunities, events and celebrations throughout the year to be part of.
Dance artist / Performer / Choreographer / Dance and fitness Instructor / Competition Judge / Dance movement therapy facilitator
Cat Pwiti aka Kitty Cat, founder of Burncity Queenz (Melbourne’s first official Dancehall dance group), and Jungle City projects, has over 15 years experience in the industry as a dancer and arts practitioner. As a member of Burncity Queenz Cat has performed alongside big name artists in Dancehall and Afrobeats including: Elephant Man, Demarco, Cecil, Bracket, Stone Boy, and Konshens to name a few. Cat has travelled to Jamaica seven times over the past six years to learn Dancehall by the creators of the dances, and founded True Jamaican Dancehall Tours in 2014 – bringing Jamaican dancers to Australia, and taking Australian students to Jamaica to learn Dancehall from the source.
Cat was the First Australian in history to enter the International Dancehall Queen competition, and in 2015 ranked Top Ten in the 19th Annual IDHQ Competition. She has toured around Australia sharing her knowledge and love of Dancehall and helped grow the Dancehall community through her hard work and dedication to the culture.
In 2018, alongside her Burncity Queenz crew members Cat became one of the official back up dancers for Baker Boy and has featured in several of his videos including ‘Marryuna’ the award winning ‘Meditjin’. In 2019 Cat began her studies into Dance Movement therapy and in the coming years plans to unite her knowledge of dance and DMT to better support the community using dance as a tool for healing.
Dance artist / Performer / Choreographer / Dance creator / Instructor / Jamaican Dancehall Culture Ambassador
Chuby Dice is one of the top dancers in Jamaica and leader of Jamaican dancehall crew Black Dice. He featured on the big screen in films including ‘Intent 2’ and ‘King of the Dancehall’ directed by Nick Cannon, and music videos for top artists including Vybz Kartel, Busta Rymes, Stylo G, Elephant Man, Shawn Storm and Australian producer Monkey Marc to name a few. His team Black Dice have gained much street cred and global recognition over the past few years for bringing the fire back to Jamaican Dancehall street parties with their pyrotechnic displays, and creation of popular party steps such as ‘Swing It’, ‘Move a Foot’, and ‘Tek Piece a It’.
In Australia, Chuby has performed at festivals including MONA FOMA, St Kilda Festival and Moomba, supported international touring artists such as Konshens, and judged the Australian Dancehall King and Queen competition. As a highly knowledgeable and sort after dance instructor he has delivered workshops in Melbourne, Perth, Canberra and of course back home in Jamaican with students traveling from all over the world to learn authentic Jamaican dance from the source.
Now based in Melbourne Chuby Dice is teaching and performing regularly as part of the Jungle City team, as well as in schools educating the next generation of Dancehall dancers in Australia.
55 Albert Street Brunswick East VIC 3057 (Corner Albert Street & Cross St)
Jungle City acknowledges the traditional owners and custodians of the land where we work, we acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded and pay our respects to their elders, past, present and emerging. Jungle City pledges commitment to ‘pay the rent’ to Aboriginal people in Victoria by contributing 2% of our monthly profits to Pay The Rent.
Jungle City acknowledges the creators of the dance forms we practice and pay my respect to them, their elders and their ancestors. Jungle City is committed to working toward unity in all our diversity through the power of dance, music and culture.