Barbados is now ranked among the best in the world for its ballroom and Latin dancing after four youngsters created history with an exceptional performance at a recently held world dance championship in France.
The dance team of four landed at the Grantley Adams International Airport just hours ago after a weekend of winning seven gold, two silver and two bronze medals, combined, at the World Dance Council Amateur League Ballroom And Latin Dance championships in Paris.
The dancers included 14-year-old Tiffani Lynch, who won the seven gold medals in various open categories, 15-year-old Kyle Braithwaite, nine-year-old Daniel Jones and 11-year-old Alexander Greaves.
The successful team, which included coach and prominent ballroom and Latin dancer Betty Alleyne, were greeted warmly at the airport by a small group of excited supporters.
A proud and beaming Lynch told Barbados TODAY that she was pleased and humbled by her accomplishment in the pro-ams and two solos.
She said she entered the competition for the experience, “but that I won all of these gold medals is surreal”.
“I don’t even know how to explain it. All I can say is that it is a very good feeling. I remember when our National Anthem played when I was on the platform it was so heart-warming. I am extremely proud of myself and what I have done for my country,” said the fourth form Queen’s College student, who reportedly impressed the judges and some of her mature competitors with her poise, style and technique on the dance floor, in all of the categories she entered.
Coach Alleyne said that while this was the first time Barbados had competed in the championship, “getting into the finals of nine competitions and performing well with this young team is an excellent achievement for Barbados”. According to the coach, it demonstrated history in the making.
“When Tiffani got her first gold on Friday night the announcer said, ‘This is the first time Barbados entered and the first time to get a gold’.
“Then she won another gold that same night. It was a very proud and rewarding moment for us. All of the young dancers did very well,” said Alleyne.