April 2, 2014
Dancers bring high energy
Davina Henry, Staff Reporter
Though they did not score the highest points this week, it was the Born Steppers dancers who managed to elicit the biggest applause from the crowd at the Charles Chocolate Dancin' Dynamites show on Saturday night.
The Karl Hendrickson Auditorium, housed at Jamaica College, came alive as the remaining 12 dance groups gyrated their way into the hearts of fans.
With this week's challenge titled the WorldBeat Challenge, each dance group showcased a different genre in hopes of securing top marks with resident judges Orville Hall and Kerry-Ann Henry. It was, however, Classic Dancers who managed to pull of this feat.
With their soca/carnival moves, the group earned high praises from the judges as well as the audience.
"You are one of the most creative groups. Yuh choreography always shot. Yuh represent the carnival genre," Hall said after walking up to the stage and changing his usual 'Up, up, up, way up and stay up', signalling his 10-point score.
Cameron Skankaz and Dustville Dancers, along with Born Steppers, were just one point shy of a perfect score.
Though it was the final day of the Boys and Girls' Championships, it did not detract from the energy of the patrons who turned out to support their favourite teams.
Other notable performances came from Excelsior High School, Extreme Pushers and Marcus Garvey High.
However, Knockalva High School, who also performed a gospel routine, failed to impress the judges. Though they brought energy to the performance, it was not enough.
"The gowns were the only thing that told me you were doing gospel. You didn't stick to the genre," judge Orville Hall told the dancers.
Knockalva Technical High School
Cameron Skankers with one of the hosts of the show.
Marcus Garvey High