Teenage Expressions Tour: Big Vibes at Camperdown High

Shantayaé Grant

Monday, January 28, 2013

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CAMPERDOWN High School, the next stop on the TEENage Observer Expressions Tour, was filled with enthusiastic students and non-stop excitement.

The crowd was unusually smaller compared to other schools visited, but the students compensated for it with ear-splitting screams and raucous cheers for their fellow schoolmates.

The tour was hosted by sixth-formers Nakeem Weise and Corey Parker. Together, the duo was called D'Mental Movements and they knew just how to tease and probe the crowd into action.

The first act was a feisty character, Sidoney Gordon, who delivered a medley of Tifa songs. She had the crowd raving as she performed song after song in a fierce fashion that would make Tifa proud.

In stark contrast, Dana Hyde took the crowd on a soulful journey as she belted out Whitney Houston's The Greatest Love Of All. Hitting each note with perfection, she could be clearly heard over the screams of appreciation.

Promptly shattering this mood was Ovatia Bartley, who had the students pumping the air in excitement as the words of Girl On Fire by Alicia Keys burst from her lips. Just as the crowd was ready to begin helping her with the second verse, she changed the tune and once again had the students in a frenzy as she began singing Cherine Anderson's Rebel and later, Chronixx's Behind Curtains.

Next up was a group called T2, who sang their original creation, My Baby. Although the song was not received by the crowd in a manner that they would have liked, they finished their performance as true budding artistes would.

The first break in the day's proceedings was then taken to allow for the trivia segment. Brittney Harris, Kimberley Watson, Shakira Brown, and Shevelle Honiwell were the lucky winners of gifts from the sponsors, Flow and Seprod, while Roshane Richards stood as champion of the Cool Fruit Drink-Off Competition that was held before the performances began.

After the break, an enthusiastic Redace performed a medley of his original songs -- Garrison, Let Me Fly and Nah Reach, after which the hosts challenged students to partake in a dancing contest.

As shyness had suddenly overtaken everyone, the dynamic duo, D'Mental Movements, took it upon themselves to have a dance-off, which effectively had the crowd edging them on and cheering loudly for their favourite host.

Quite fittingly, this dance-off was the prelude to the next performers, who called themselves Fullephek Dancers. After their performance, it was obvious that this name suited them to the tee as they left it all on the stage. With fluid moves and impressive choreography, they showed that rehearsing does pay off.

Seemingly, the students could not get enough of them and even after they had finished their piece, chants of "We Want More!" and "Encore" was on everyone's lips, leaving the hosts no choice but to call Fullephek Dancers once more to the stage.

The last performance of the day was Daniel Maxam, who had the table set for him by the previous performers. He too boasted the title of being a talented dancer, but whereby the previous group made dancehall their own, he popped, locked and even added a little robotics to the tune of various instruments.

The judges, comprising TEENage Observer's Monique Edwards Davis and representatives from the school, Shadai Clarke, Shavoy Cornwall and Brittney Miller, were then left to decide the winner while the hosts kept the crowd occupied.

Third and second places were awarded to Sidoney Gordon and Ovatia Bartley, respectively, while first place was awarded to Fullephek Dancers.

Fullephek Dancers will further compete in the TEENage Observer Expression Tours Finals in July against the other winners from the different schools.

"We're very happy for the victory," Maliek Lamont spoke on behalf of his group. "We're going to represent Camperdown (at the TEENage Observer Expression Tours Finals). We're not saying that we will win, but we are going to give it 110 per cent."






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