Music and dancing is the way of life in Jamdown (Jamaica). As a kid I watched the adults leave their troubles at the door to fully engage in movement. Bodies filled with love and appreciation. A way for the community to come together. Towering speakers all around, music vibrating throughout the crowd. It was a heavenly embrace. A time for healing. I carry these experiences with me everyday and with every dance. My Grandmama was my main influence because her movements came from slavery days, passed down by her ancestors. The way she found freedom. The inspiration for my own journey. Enslaved by circumstances beyond my control, dancing is my liberation.
Raslim’s style is deeply rooted in Jonkunnu, Gerreh and Dance Hall aspects. His work is profoundly improvisational and largely inspired by live percussion. He dabbles in choreography, but is most energized by the imminent power of rhythm and the individual who is creating it. The energy of the present moment is his guide. He is able to inspire any crowd with his movements and create a welcoming, inclusive environment for people of all ages and backgrounds to participate.
Raslim (aka Corey Chinel Miller) was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. After years of competitive track and field, injuries changed the course of his life. In 2005 he ventured to New York City in search of a new journey. Along the way he went to college and met Sticky Rice, who quickly became his brother. The two dreamed of being in a band together and it wasn't long before they found Brown Rice Family, a world roots band based in Brooklyn, NY. Raslim started out behind the scenes, but in 2011 made his stage debut. He has been performing with them ever since as a dancer/percussionist.