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A decade of dance

Naam Thomas and Kim Clarke in one of the evening’s entertaining numbers.

ACE Dance Centre recognised a milestone on Saturday night, acknowledging that in the economic times, it can no longer be business as usual.

Celebrating a decade in dance, one of the founders, Anthony Peterkin noted that the club has had to rely on its creativity and the dedication and talent of its members to stay afloat.

Calling it a “remarkable landmark”, the director, addressing the anniversary Dinner and Ball at the St. Leonard’s School Hall, said he was proud of the club’s track record, particularly given the quality and positivity they had seen from the youth influenced through the association.

“Just over a year ago we decided that it was necessary to find new creative ways to sustain our club – to this end Silhouettes was developed. This show has quickly gained popularity with many organisations here in Barbados and has been used in conjunction with these different organisations as joint fund-raisers.

Last year, the Optimist Club of Barbados South gained third prize from Optimist International for using Silhouettes as their creative fund-raising idea,” said Peterkin.

He noted that the young people they had been able to help through the club over the years had made their efforts worthwhile.

“Throughout the 10-year period, ACE has certainly had its share of ups and downs. Some may argue more downs than ups, depending of how you view things, but I wish to declare here tonight that this has been a most rewarding journey.”

The journey, had seen the club producing two champions at the Champions of Tomorrow Competition in the United Kingdom, winning IDTA Regional Dance Classics on three occasions, and placing second in the IDTA Competition just three weeks ago.

Dancers including young champions Jaicee Armstrong and Josiah Haynes, Naam Thomas, Mark Burgess, Janee Lovell, who along with other members of the club were rewarded for their service and contribution to the decade of success. (LB)

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