Proud of performance

Takiya Browne and Romario Bates (second couple from left) were in the finals.

Barbadian dancers have done themselves proud while competing in the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance Grand Finals at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, England earlier this month.

The 25-member team ranging from under six to under 35 were drawn from the Livy & Betty Alleyne Ballroom Dance Centre and the G & G College of Dance.

The event was held on November 3 and 4.

Organised by the Barbados Dance Teacher’s Association the Ballroom and Latin dancers of Barbados were among the 4,000 dancers competing over the two-day period.

This is the third year for the Barbadian dancers participating in this prestigious competition, and even though they have been successful in reaching the finals in the previous years, this year was special as a record number made it to the semi-finals and the finals.

It was a first for several of these young individuals who danced in their categories with as many as 66 competitors. Many advanced to the quarter finals, semi-finals and finals.

“The Barbados Dance Teacher’s Association would like to thank all parents for allowing their children the opportunity to take part in this sport which they have grown to love. Also a special thank you to the Barbados Tourism Authority and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs for their assistance in this venture,” the Association said.

The finalists and their positions are: Shane Alleyne and Sheryl Forde 2nd in the Junior Couples Silver/Gold Rumba; Dalano Wickham and Zoe Trotman 6th in the Junior Couples Silver/Gold Rumba; Andre Alleyne, 6th in the Under 35 Solo Gold Samba; Takiya Browne 4th in the Under 35 Solo Silver/Gold Jive; Romario Bates and Takiya Browne 5th in the Under 35 Couples Silver/Gold Rumba.

The semi-finalists: Nathan Crawford-Wallis and Leryann Whitehall – Couples Juvenile to Bronze Cha Cha Cha; Nathan Crawford-Wallis Juvenile Solo Bronze Jive; Tiffani Lynch – Junior Solo Silver Cha Cha Cha; Rashad Wickham – Juvenile Solo Silver Cha Cha Cha; Dalano Wickham – Junior Solo Silver Cha Cha Cha; Andre Alleyne – Under 35 Silver and Gold Couples Tango and Under 35 Couples Silver and Gold Rumba; Tristan Allman – Juvenile Social Dance Waltz, Alexander and Lia-Marie Greaves – Juvenile Pre-bronze ballroom and Latin

The quarter finalists were: Nathan Crawford-Wallis and Leryann Whitehall – Couples Juvenile to Bronze Waltz; Nathan Crawford-Wallis – Juvenile Solo Bronze Waltz; Shane Alleyne – Junior Solo Silver Waltz; Tiffani Lynch and Kyle Brathwaite – Junior Couples Silver/Gold Rumba and Junior Couples Bronze Waltz; Rashad Wickham – Juvenile Solo Bronze Foxtrot, Rashad Wickham and Sharika Wilkinson Junior Couples Bronze Waltz; and Tristan Allman and Triana Arthur Juvenile Latin.

The Team: Enjolie Greaves, Lia-Marie Greaves, Alexander Greaves, Zachary Hamid, Nathan Crawford-Wallis, LeryAnn Whitehall, Chad King, Joshua Soudat, Tristan Allman, Triana Arthur, Antonio Farrell, Dalano Wickham, Rashad Wickham, Kaneisha Chase, Tiffani Lynch, Zoe Trotman, Kyle Brathwaite, Sharika Wilkinson, Lee-Andre Walker, Mariah Greenidge, Shane Alleyne, Sheryl Forde, Andre Alleyne, Takiya Browne, Romario Bates and Patricia Brathwaite from the G & G College of Dance.

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