Born and raised in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), DancehallQueen Chriss showed love for dance at early age, and was active in school dance shows and theatre productions. In middle school she was exposed to Dancehall music and it was love at first sight. With no formal dance training she learned all she could from music videos (before YouTube days), and her interest to know more about this Caribbean Culture grew bigger.
In 2005 she moves to the center of Italy in a small town called Perugia, to pursue her studies and a year later she decides to take her dancing to a professional level and a DVD called “It’s All Bout Dancing – a Jamaican Dance-U-Mentary” was a big inspiration.
In 2007 she started performing at local Dancehall events and parties, collaborating with other dancers and soundsystems in her town.
In 2008 she won the Regional Dancehall Queen Contest, and began to perform in many cities all over Italy, such as Rome, Arezzo and Campobasso, until the end of 2009. And this was a great opportunity to meet fellow dancers, soundsystems and Italian Reggae and Dancehall artists.
In 2010 she traveled to Germany for a Workshop and attends the European Dancers Link Up representing Italy longside Dancehall King Mad Mike.
In the same year she entered the Italian DancehallQueen Contest placing 2nd.
In 2011 she for workshop and the Dancers Link Up in Holland while continuing her shows and workshops in different Italian cities. She also appeared in some music videos with Italian Reggae artists such as:
Jaka feat. Queen Mary – In Continuo Divenire
Tizla feat. Hotline & D.O.N. – Welcome to my World
Killacat & Gioman – Storie Infinite
DHQ Chriss Video Promo
In 2012 she joins other 2 dancers, Mad Mike and Alevanille, to form Mactitude Dancehall Crew. After dancing many years together as fellow dancers they join forces and experiences to create a unique style and promote Dancehall Culture at it’s best all over Italy. Bringing Dancehall for the 1st time on National Television performing longside Italian Reggae artist Mama Marjas at Labour Day Concert in front of thousands of people, and also as opening acts for artists such as Bounty Killer and RDX. Creators of the 1st Italian Dancehall Camp, organizing intensive Dancehall workshops featuring dancers from Jamaica an all over Europe. Here are some videos from Mactitude Dancehall Crew:
Ordinary People feat. Blazin Twins (France), Ula Afro (Poland)
Life of a Gallis feat. Latonya Style (Jamaica)
Summer Time feat. Andrè Cosmic (Jamaica), Aurorah (Italy)
Dhq Chriss is currently working as Dancehall Instructor in her town, keeping weekly classes spreading Jamaican culture.