J'can dancers ready for World Reggae Dance

Sunday, June 22, 2014

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LAST month the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) stepped up its campaign to help Jamaican dancers bring the title back home.

For the past two years the World Reggae Dance Championships has been claimed by Japanese dancers. This year, workshops were held in the elimination stages and in an earlier interview, JCDC co-ordinator Julette Cowan-Morgan said the organisation intend to shake things up in preparation for the final at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St Andrew on Monday, August 4.

Workshops were held across three regions - Northern, Central and Eastern with Dance Xpressionz, Orville Hall sharing his expertise.

"The participation was varied in all the regions, but the JCDC is encouraged by the numbers of participating groups overall," said Cowan-Morgan.

Coming out of the workshops she said she is happy to provide training and development as a part of the JCDC's mandate.

"The JCDC saw the need to provide the necessary training and development for these youths who have unique dancing skills and need the assistance to move their career forward," she said.

Since the workshops have been held, Cowan-Morgan said she has seen an improvement at the auditions held across the island.

"It was quite obvious that the dancers who participated in the workshops have garnered the knowledge and brought their creativity and diversity to the auditions."

Orville Hall, who was critical about the lack of creativity in the dancers, expressed pleasure with the training and development of the dancers. He stressed that training was necessary to prepare the dancers from early for the international stage.

The finals will take place on August 4 at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre.

— Cecelia Campbell-Livingston




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