by Latoya Burnham
If the National Sports Council has its way, local Latin dancing, cheerleading and cadet drill squads from the islands schools could find themselves facing regional competition next year.
Director Erskine King told the audience at the 2012 Latin Dance, Cheerleading and Drill Squad Competition last night at the Wildey Gymnasium that they were looking at the outcome this year to see if the competition could go regional next year.
“Several years ago we started this competition with the hopes that we can make it truly national and go regional. We are at the point, depending on what happens this evening and so forth, to see if perhaps next year we can have a regional competition in the drill squads, the cheerleading and perhaps the Latin dance as well,” he said.
He thanked the various associations that had come on board as well to aid the Sports Council over the past years, as well as his staff for the hard work in putting together the competition and to moving the event to the stage where they could look at going beyond Barbados for competitors.
The evening saw the participation of a number of schools in dance, cheerleading and drills, some of the schools even admitting that they had formed new squads and introduced the skills to their students for the first time.
At the end of the competition Rashad Wickham of The Lodge School and Chante White of Westbury Primary won the juvenile under 12 dance category, Shane Alleyne of Harrison College and Sheryl Forde of Deighton Griffith Secondary, the juniors 12-16 category and Ross Harris of Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic and Kara Cutting of Harrison College, the youth category of the line dancing.
In cheerleading, Christ Church Girl emerged overall winners, while Combermere School marched away with the title for the drill squads.
In dance, the combining of couples from various schools meant that the competition saw even more involvement of a number of institutions through the dance studios around the island.
The children truly thrilled the audience with their footwork, flair and talent on the night, earning some of them screams and applause that could have taken the roof off the Wildey Gym.
In the juvenile category, Alexander Greaves of Luther Thorne and partner Danielle Jones of Cuthbert Moore came second, and Tristan Allman of St. Leonard’s Boys’ and Shemiaa Carrington of West Terrace Primary came third.
Delano Wickham of Alleyne School and partner Zoe Trotman of The St. Michael School came second in the Juniors category, while Kyle Brathwaite of St. Leonards and Tiffani Lynch of Queen’s College were third.
The Youth Category was won by Harris and Cutting, who beat Jamar Taylor of Ellerslie and Renelsa Boyce of Combermere into second and Marvin McDowald of St. Leonard’s and Melanie Hinds of Combermere into third.