The Barbados Cheerleading and Dance Championship Association will guest perform at the national finals of the Community Indepen-Dance Festival.

The stage is set and the eight groups competing in the first-ever Community Indepen-Dance Festival are gearing up for a showdown at the Garfield Sobers Gymnasium.

Dancers are busy fine-tuning their steps with their advisers and a first- class show awaits patrons on Sunday, December 3, from 7:00 p.m.

Competing groups are Haynesville Youth Club, Rush, Vortex V.I.P Central Point Revelers, Vortex V.I.P Old School Meets New, D $quad, Dancin’ Africa Apprentices and Juniors, Praise Academy and Barbados Ballroom Traveling Team.

They will seek to win the Prime Minister’s Award of $2500, the Esme Wickham Award of $2000 and the Joyce Stuart Award of $1500. A number of trophies will also be presented to the groups for outstanding performances, including Best Choreography, Most Afro-centric, Most Impactful and Best Community Spirit.

During the evening, Danny Hinds, Captain Vernon Watson, Gene Carson, Tyrone Trotman and Kelvin Carvalho, who have contributed significantly to the art form of dance will be rewarded.

The story of dance over the past 40 years will also be mapped out in a specially developed piece entitled “Reflections – Then and Now”. It will feature some of the island’s celebrated dance groups like the Israel Lovell Foundation, Dancin’ Africa Company Members, Urban Dance Groups and the Barbados Ballroom Travelling Team.  The dramatic aspect of the piece will be executed by Ishiaka McNeil and Stacy Cummins.

Giving glory to God in dance: Members of Praise Academy will compete in the national finals of the Community Indepen-Dance Festival.

There will be guest performances by Zodiac, Tabia Dancers, Aquatec, OLS Combined dancers, Bring It On Girls, among others.

At the end of the show, patrons will, for about two hours, get a chance to show off their dance steps in a clash with deejays Versatile and Malcom X. Tickets for the event should be purchased for $5 each from CS Pharmacy, Broad Street; Pharmaco, Speightstown; Emerald City Supermarket, Six Roads; and Joe’s Pharmacy, Oistins. Tickets may also be bought from the gymnasium on Sunday evening.

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