The semi-finals of the 2016 edition of the National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA) came to an end last Sunday night when the last of the series came off at the Combermere School Hall.
It featured on stage an array of talent, making for a thoroughly enjoyable night. It’s always a joy to watch the dancers depicting various themes and stories.
Dancin Africa, no stranger to the NIFCA stage, definitely shone brightest on the night. With four pieces, including a theatre piece, they thrilled a very appreciative crowd. Their dance pieces were The Flock, Our Legacy and Ngoma.
Our Legacy was a tribute to Barbados’s 50th anniversary of Independence. Whether you were a proud Bajan or not, you would have experienced goosebumps by the time the dancers were finished.
Ngoma, an African piece, left the audience dancing in their seats. The total theatre piece was a bit of a change from what we have come to expect from Dancin Africa but what a joy it was to watch.
Entitled Ground-Sill: Of Heroes and Hand Me Downs, it was total theatre and totally enjoyable. As usual, the Dancin Africa team must be commended for an excellent job on stage.
Megan Navarro and Justin Poleon ended the night on a high. Their dance piece entitled Behind Closed Doors left the audience in awe at the superbly executed dance moves on stage. They were simply fantastic.
The Louise Woodvine Dance Academy gave two great performances of Birds and Labels. The Israel Lovell Foundation too was quite impressive with their piece Introspection as were the Praise Academy of Dance with their piece entitled Journey to Freedom.
Gordon Walters Primary gave two thrilling speeches entitled Barrow and Thanks and Praise. Brandon Byer-Maloney, also of Gordon Walters, entertained the audience with a dramatic piece called That little boy.
The Mount Tabor Primary School presented two original pieces Shine on Barbados and This too shall pass. They should be commended for a job well done.
Kudos must also go to the Frederick Smith Secondary School Steel Orchestra and the Focus Pop band, also of the same school. The pop band brought the house down with their two pieces and Love is the Key, Dance with Somebody, especially the latter. They received a standing ovation for their interpretation of the Whitney Houston hit song.
Also performing in the final semis were Raquon Hinds, Mequissa Baptiste, Trident Productions and Ordene Dottin.