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August 7, 2014
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Jahroia 'Danger' Christie takes International Dancehall Queen title

Adrian Frater, News Editor

Western Bureau:

Nineteen-year-old promotional dancer Jahroia 'Danger' Christie created history at the Pier One Complex, in Montego Bay, early Sunday morning when she performed a 'sister act' by winning the 18th International Dancehall Queen title, emulating her older sister Keja 'Tall Up' Christie, who won the coveted title last year.

"This is a dream come through for me this, is a title I really wanted," said Christie, a former Montego Bay High School students who is planning to attend the Edna Manley College of the Performing Arts in the near future. "While I was not overconfident, I had a good feeling that I was going to win, because my sister prepared me well."

The charismatic Christie, who won over the crowd from as early as the 31 contestants took the stage for their introductory and first dance-off, pocketed $500,000, among other prizes, for her winning effort. Interestingly, she also took one of the two sectional awards as she was adjudged the Best Dancer. The Japanese contest Barbie Doll took the second sectional prize for Best Costume.

It was indeed a fabulous night overall for Montego Bay as Tiffany 'Jiggy Balance' Hewitt, 26, who was fourth last year, took second place, pocketing $300,000 and a trophy. Alessandra 'Alevanille' Traverisari, of Italy, took third place, collecting a cheque for $200,000 and a trophy.

Japanese dancer Nami Crissy, who has competed in the last 10 stagings of the annual contest, was given a special trophy and named an honorary dance queen by promoter Brian 'Big Head' Martin, who hailed her tenacity and commitment to advancing the cause of dancehall.

While the likes of Hewitt, who in one of her stints appeared in a batman cape and swung across the stage on a rope affixed to the roof; and Barbie Doll, who came clad like the toy Barbie Doll, gift-wrapped in a box, drew rich and sustained applause, the biggest moment was reserved for Christie, who drove a handcart to centre-stage and then proceeded to dance on her head, perched on the steering wheel.

Unlike previous years, this year saw no booing as all the contestants did enough to get a share of the applause, which was given generously all night. Even the selection of the top three, which has been a source of contention in some previous years, was readily accepted by all and sundry.

One unforgettable moment of the night came prior to the announcement of the new queen when four former queens - Latisha, Mad Michelle, Kaja Christie and Tavia Morris - were invited onstage and they proceeded to roll back the clock, demonstrating why they were adjudged the winners in their time.

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