Michael Taylor, more popularly known as Sri-lanka was born in Kingston,Jamaica on January 18, 1989. He grew up with both parents in a humble dwellingin the Kencott Community. He attended the Beriam Basic School, Melrose Primary & Junior High School and Kingston Technical High School where he established from an early stage in his life that his passion was to dance and entertain.
His dance career started officially in March 2006, when he formed a male Dancehall Group called M.O.B (Men of Business) along with his dance colleagues Crazy Hype and Ringo Mob. As a founding member of the group, Sri-Lanka played an important role as one of the creators for the many steps that enabled the group to become popular on the dancehall entertainment scene in Jamaica and around the world.Some of the dance steps the group created were ‘Calm Dem Down’, ‘Sri Lanka’, ‘MOB Rock’, ‘Crab up’, ‘Johncrow pitch’, ‘Black President’, ‘BarackaMedz’, ‘Guh fi Dem’, ‘Happy Feet’ ‘Above the Clouds’and more. In 2007 they were the winners of the JCDC Reggae World Dance Championship. They collected the Stone Love Award for the best New Dance Crew in 2008and in 2011 for Best Choreography Group. Sri-lanka got the opportunity to travel and showcase his talent along with his group members when he went to The Cayman Islands for Shows with Chi ChingChing in 2007 and again in 2008. In 2009 he went to 5 cities in England including Brixton, Luton, and Birminghamfor Club Shows, where they did freestyle and choreographed performances.
In 2010, the founders of MOB part ways, despite the separation the members were still identified as MOB and continued to use the name. Sri-Lankaformed his own dance group with Nicholas Robinson (Trice Rifical), Occonor Black (Ramus), OshaneCallam (Don Rifical) and Ramone Robinson (TG).The group made their big cameo in the International TV Show called “In The Dance” where they participated in the battles, party scene and stage performance. To show how multi-talented and versatile they were Rifical Team recorded their first song in 2011 and entered a competition called “Run The Track” which was aired live on one of Jamaica’s top local stations CVM TV. The song was well received and they won the opportunity to do a live performance at Reggae Sumfest, Dancehall Night in 2011. “So Rifical, “Clouds” and “Thank Him in the Morning”where the three songs in their repertoire and later that night they performed with Fambo. Before 2011 came to an end they did the Official Music Video for the “So Rifical”song. This inspired them to officially change the group name to Rifical Team with Sri-Lanka as the CEO.
As a solo dancer Sri-Lanka was nominated in DanceJa Awards as Male Dancer of the Year for 2011 and Dancehall Teacher of the Year for 2012. He started working on his teaching skills from 2011 where he would be the main dancehall teacher for the different Japanese dancers who visited Jamaica every month. He got his big break as a Dancehall Teacher representing DanceJa Team in 2012 when he travelled to St. Petersburg Russia for True Jamaican Camp (Cultural Exchange Dancehall Workshops and Seminars) along with 4 Jamaicans Andre Cosmic, John Bling Shelly and Latonya Style. Sri-Lanka also did workshops in Kazan during his trip. He got experience in teaching more than 6 workshops which included old school and new school dancehall steps and he was the judge for the battles.He showcased the raw, idiosyncratic, spiritual feeling of authentic dancehall dancing and everyone fell in love with his charismatic, electrifying and exuberant personality.
In Jamaica Sri-Lanka is highly respected and recognized as an Outstanding Dancehall Dancer. He is considered by many as one of the most popular, reliable, energetic, consistent and unique Street Dancers that has stepped out of his comfort zone and elevated to great undertakings. Sri-Lanka’s dream is to be able to sufficiently provide for his family and give back to his community by working hard as an entertainer, while representing his country as a cultural ambassador.

Performances:
• Teach, Judge and Perform in Russia (June-July 2012)
• DanceJa Awards Ceremony (Jan 2012)
• Magnum Crank it up Party and Stage Show (Dec 2011)
• Reggae Sumfest (July 2011)
• In The Dance TV Show (2011)
• Sting (Dec 2010)
• Milan- (2009/10)
• The Reggae Academy Awards (Feb 2008)
• CB Pan Chicken (Numerous occasion)
• Sean Kingston’s Super Sweet 18 Birthday Party (2-Feb- 2008)
• Olympians Gala (2008)
• Assassin Birthday Party (2008)
• England Tour (2009)
• Grand Cayman Shows (2007 and 2008)
• Independent Day Street Gala (2007)
• Follow di Arrow (2007)

Dance Moves

1. At Mi Knee
2. World Order
3. Dollar Bill
4. John Crow Pitch
5. Business
6. Rifical Rock / Mob Rock
7. Hold a Medz
8. Foot Step
9. ChallaChalla
10. Guh Easy
11. Happy Feet
12. Calm Dem Down
13. Sri Lanka
14. Crab Dem up
15. World a Crab
16. Crouching
17. Above the Clouds
18. Crank it Up
19. Rifical
20. Spiritual
21. Spiritual Skank
22. Hello
23. Sour Sop
24. KBC
25. Rolling
26. Blaze (Skate Now)
27. 4G
28. Cheer Fi Di Girl Dem
29. Who Does That
30. Old Man Saw
31. Power Saw
32. Luv Yu-self
33. High Speed
34. Egyptian Move
35. Gangster Search
36. Relax
37. Squiggle
38. Twist
39. Samurai Sword
40. Gangster Search
41. Bullet
42. Specie
43. Clip, Clip, Clip Pow
44. Kweng
45. S.K.
46. Kweffa
47. Spinners

Music Video Appearances:
“Nuh Ramp Wid We” by I-Octane http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZypERnpTlgc
“Swag Dag Diggy” by Mr. Lexx http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_kvmtzH2YA
“Rock Paper Scissors” by Kreesha Turner http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcR_4qBmtl8
“Imma Need Security” by Supa Hype, Munga and Chi ching http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifjcMNb_YDI
“This Life” by Fambo ft. Unga http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZ90kYhVFb0
“Brighter Day” by Fambo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StjOch0uCgI
“Boyz” by M.I.A. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcN1i6Qcjxg
“Church Heathen” by Shaggy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBb6roE44gg
“Feel the Rush” by Shaggy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibvT3tWWpOU
“Daggering” by Mr.Vegas http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJ-I1Vj1l40
“Don’t Run In” by Harry Toddler http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duFxb_155Ng
“Bad to the bone” by Brick & Lace http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjxb6Y1l4s4
“Hot Like We” by Cecile http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5P4iyWIW8Yw
“Bill Gates Money” by Sanjay and Dazzla http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q71svVIB-_g
“NuhLinga” by Elephant Man http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWkdLxD-i7I
“Everybody Dance” by RDX http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8V094j28sfM
“Gully Creeper” by Elephant Man http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WL_VNI6kUYk

 

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