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Chutney Soca Dancing

Chutney soca dance is a Caribbean dance combining traditional soca dance with the music of Chutney. Soca is an upbeat, unstructured, and largely interpretive dance that combines elements of Caribbean and African styles. Chutney music is up-tempo and rhythmic, and features instruments such as the dholak and dhantal. Chutney soca is typically performed in groups, although there are occasional solo performances.

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What are the origins of the activity abroad and in Canada?

Chutney soca originated in Trinidad and Tobago in the 1980s. Through the Caribbean carnivals and celebrations, including those in Canada, this style of dance gained global popularity.

Who takes part?

Males and females of diverse ages, many of whom are of Caribbean descent.

When does it occur / How often do you take part?

Chutney Soca dance occurs at the Toronto Caribbean Carnival and at various other carnivals, parties, concerts, and gatherings across the GTA.

Are there any organized clubs, groups, organizations or leagues?

Toronto Caribbean Carnival

Cultural Significance

Chutney soca is one of many dances performed as an expression of Caribbean pride at celebratory events in the GTA.

Is there anything else we should know?



  • Socacize Fitness Studio
    2811 Weston Road
    North York, ON M9M 2R8
  • Divinity Dance School
    1 Nelson Street West
    Brampton, ON L6V 1N7
  • Toronto Dance
    720 Bathurst Street
    Toronto, ON M5S 2R4

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