Dancers who have participated in Community Dance Fest for more than five years will now compete in the recently introduced Master’s category.
Chief Community Development Officer in the Community Development Department, Sandra Greenidge, made this announcement recently at the launch of Community Dance Fest 2013 – 2014, at the Warrens Office Complex, Warrens, St. Michael.
Greenidge explained that there were a number of groups which had been involved in the annual event for several years, who were not yet ready to “move on”, and who they were “not ready to let go”.
She pointed out that with the introduction of the new category, younger groups would have no reason to be intimidated by the seasoned dancers, as they would not be judged together.
Emphasising that “the competition seeks the involvement of all young people”, the CDD chief has extended an invitation to all dance groups.
“We have had a significant number of groups performing street dance … but we want to embrace all genres,” she stated.
Meanwhile, Permanent Secretary in the Department of Constituency Empowerment and Community Development, Ernesta Drakes, spoke about the large number of spectators who attended the event, and how it had grown.
“The event which commenced as Community Indepen-dance seven years ago has attracted increased patronage and popularity during its existence… The Community Dance Fest finals normally exceed 7,000 persons,” she said.
Drakes noted that as a result of the rapid growth of the “festival”, the ministry, in association with members of the private sector and civil society, would “establish a mechanism to monitor the performance and the progress of each participant … to assist these participants to reach their goals.”
She also appealed to local businesses to give their support to the venture, and urged them to view participation in Community Dance Fest as a “civic and corporate responsibility to safeguard … the youth”.