Second time’s a Charm
Endevarous Dancers take World Reggae Dance title
THE Endevarous Dancers from St Thomas won the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission's (JCDC's) World Reggae Dance Championship Monday evening at Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre.
It was sweet success for the quintet of Gauntlett Stewart, Rayan Robinson, Shavarr McFarlane, Demar Ford and Christopher Marge, which placed third in last year's competition.
Coached by choreographer Chad 'Global Bob' Torrington, Endevarous Dancers thrilled the audience with slick, co-ordinated moves.
"It has been a rocky road for us. We wanted this more than anything else because we have worked so hard and we have been through a lot of struggles," an emotional Stewart, leader of the group, told the Observer.
Endevarous Dancers beat 12 groups (including JA to JA and Yallow Yellow from Japan. The other competitors were High Voltage, Str8 Edge Society, Dynamix Team, Untouchable Squad, Hectic Dymondz, Xklusive Dancers, Equanoxx Skankaz, Flava Flava and Inkursion Unit.
Endevarous earned $500,000, a trophy and other prizes for
Runners-up Untouchable Squad received $200,000 and a trophy from sponsors, Wray & Nephew.
Third place went to Equanoxx Skankaz who were awarded $100,000 and a trophy from the JCDC.
The prize for Most Disciplined Group went to High Voltage ($30,000), while there was a tie for Best Costume between Equanoxx Skankaz and Str8 Edge Society.
The leader of each group was presented with medals by the JCDC.
An entertaining evening also saw performances by Deep Jahi, winner of the 2014 JCDC Festival Song Competition, who performed his winning entry, I Love Ja, while Voicemail got the crowd going with a string of their hits.
But it was dancehall veteran Mr Vegas who had patrons jumping from their seats and dancing to songs like Heads High and Bruk it Dung.
Former Digicel Rising Stars finalist Latty J made a cameo during Vegas' set, performing their chart hit Who Rule.