There was talent a plenty last Saturday night when the second round of the semi-finals for the 2016 edition of the National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA) came off at the Combermere School Hall at Waterford.
This time, dance took center stage, accounting for 10 of the 21 performances. Among those that stood out were the Barbados Dance Project performing two pieces Conversations and You Y Yo.
The Patrick and Griffith Sisters also gave a refreshing and inspiring dance choreographed by Shari Pollard and Justin Poleon. The ADL Adrenaline Dancers performed their winning Dancefest piece entitled Going For Gold and the crowd loved it.
Also performing in the dance category were New Dimensions Ministries, The Other Company, Haynesville Youth Club, Josiah Haynes and Jaicee Armstrong and Madonna Gollop.
Performing in the junior category, Trinity Clarke gave two exceptional performances of My Redeemer Lives and an original piece entitled Representing My Flag.
Neesha Welch also performed a musical selection in the junior category. She sang the song No More Nights that earned her second place in the 6-12 finals of the Richard Stoute Teen Talent competition last week.
The four presentations in the speech category were all deep and thought provoking. Akeem Chandler-Prescod was definitely one who stood out with his two entries Boys Will be Boys and Prize Fighter. The other performers in the speech category were Elijah Tafari and Damien Reid.
Also performing were the Pheonix Performers, who presented a piece in the drama category, Adela Payne who gave a soulful rendition of If You Are Out There and Kalead & Kayaweh.
NIFCA, with its ‘tradition of excellence’, will continue this weekend at the Alexandra School Hall on Friday and the Combermere School Hall on Saturday and Sunday.