The dance and music disciplines featured prominently at last Saturday night’s fifth semifinals of the 2016 edition of the National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA). The venue was the Combermere School Hall, Waterford, St Michael.
Of the 26 performances, 21 were dance and music, making for a packed night of entertainment that saw the various talented artistes vying for a coveted spot in the finals.
Many primary schools were featured among the dance and music entries. They included St Bernard’s Primary, Deacon’s Primary, St John’s, Grantley Prescod Memorial Primary, Gordon Greenidge Primary and St Cyprians Boys’ School.
Deacon’s Primary presented a dance entitled Praise and Exaltation which spontaneously caused many in the audience to start dancing in their seats.
St Cyprians Boys’ School sang an original composition entitled Sugar Cane that also went down well with the audience.
When it was their turn, St John’s Primary and Grantley Prescod brought a patriotic touch to the stage through the performance of two original pieces paying tribute to Barbados on its 50th anniversary of Independence.
St John’s Primary performed Bring Back De Old Folk while Grantley Prescod performed Seize the Moment. The two primary school choirs also performed Goliath and Siyahamba respectively.
Jahzara Clarke of Grantley Prescod was also impressive with her renditions of I Am Amazed and Jesus Take The Wheel.
Dancin Africa juniors gave two wonderful dance presentations entitled Refugee and Vanguard. They definitely lived up to the tradition of excellence for which Dancin Africa is known.
The theatrical and dramatic performances added to the thrill of what altogether was an enjoyable night. The Deighton Griffith School and Shanice Wharton and Sundah Food Productions presented pieces all written and directed by Carl Alff Padmore.
The thought-provoking pieces evoked much laughter from the audience. The direction and execution of the three pieces were highly commendable.
Jaden Jones of St Bartholomew’s Primary gave a good presentation of Tremors while Yolanda Holder demonstrated fine form performing House Maid’s Lament.
Also giving highly commendable performances were the Pinelands Creative Workshop, Israel Lovell Foundation, the Livy and Betty Alleyne Dance Centre, Selwyn Sivers of the Parkinson Memorial Secondary School and Jeliah Boyce of the St Michael School.