Some local dancers used their talent to try to ease the pain experienced by the loved ones of three Vincentian teenagers who died in a car crash on the ABC Highway last month.
Riddim Tribe, headed by Aisha Comissiong, is in St Vincent and the Grenadines for a dance workshop, but used the opportunity to offer condolences to those who were close to Aziza Awanna Dennie, 19; Danee Deverey Horne, 17; and Carianne Lee-New Padmore, 18, who lost their lives on January 29 along with 23-year-old Barbadian Andre Jabarry Gittens who was driving the car in which they were travelling. Their vehicle had collided with a taxi van.
The dancers – Comissiong, Nandi Yarde, Simon Gill and Ashley Dyall – visited the St Vincent and the Grenadines Community College and performed a piece which was choreographed by Comissiong in tribute to the deceased girls who were in Barbados on a hospitality internship and were scheduled to return home on the same day of the fatal accident.
“We would like to express our heartfelt condolences to the student body of the Division of Technical and Vocational Education (DTVE) and also to the families of the three young ladies. It certainly was a dark day in Barbados, as the country was flung into mourning without warning,” Comissiong said.
She reminded the students that this was the second time the two countries were brought together by tragedy, the first being the 2010 Campus Trendz fire in which six young ladies, one of whom was 24-year-old Vincentian Kellishaw Ollivere, lost their lives.
“Although this may not be the first time we have been bonded in grief, we sincerely do hope it is the last. Perhaps out of this horrible tragedy the people of St Vincent and Barbados will be drawn closer together,” Comissiong said before the group offered the dance tribute in memory of the three who died in the car accident as well as their two colleagues who survived the crash, Kemelius Boyea, 21, and Darren Renaldo Daniel, 18.
“We hope that in a small way, our condolences in words and movement will help you through these trying times.”