As a fixture in the entertainment fraternity and arguably the most recognisable dancehall dance veteran, Shelly Belly has been recognised for his commitment to dance on numerous occasions. In an interview, the viral dancer spoke on being crowned Dancing King, his legacy, and not receiving enough respect from selectors.
Shelly Belly, born Sheldon Lewis, was recently presented with the award for King of Dancing by Jamaican sound system Stone Love. The dancer had previously been crowned Dancing King by UK-based promoters Yard and Abroad in 2022.
During his sit-down on The Fix Podcast, Shelly Belly expressed that he felt accomplished and elated to have been recognised by an esteemed sound system such as Stone Love. Shelly Belly described his legacy as the most prominent in dancehall, noting that his protégés are currently the most popular dancers.
Speaking further on his legacy, he also shared his desire to have his four sons follow in his footsteps.
Known for creating multiple successful dances, Shelly Belly indicated that there were members of the entertainment community who were attempting to suppress his endeavours to further a career in music. According to the entertainer, despite having several dance songs, his music was still not getting played by selectors.
Shelly Belly argued that, as many of his peers had now departed the dancing scene, a veteran such as himself should be given the utmost respect.
Watch the interview below.