The St Leonard’s Boy’s School auditorium was packed on Saturday evening for what was undoubtedly a night for the local ‘legends of the dance floor’.
There were unmistakable screams and shouts from the crowd, as members of the Livi and Betty Alleyne Dance Group twisted and twirled their way into the hearts and minds of the very appreciative crowd.
One of the most enjoyable performances of the night came from guest artiste Maria Fuentes, who is the reigning Eastern United States National Pro-Amateur Rhythm Champion. She was accompanied by her teacher, former Lodge School student Kemar Bennett, who is the Eastern United States Professional Show Dance Champion, for a medley of ballroom dances with an American twist. From the waltz to the tango to the cha cha cha, their riveting performances proved captivating enough to keep patrons in their seats for their six-set act.
However, the night belonged to members of the local dance troupe, including the under eight dancers, who had members of the audience — including family members and other well-wishers — simply roaring with excitement as they gave their own youthful interpretations of the waltz and quickstep. In this age group, Jeremy and Savannah – Contestants Number 22 — were definite standouts and ones to watch for the future.
When it came time for the adults to perform, they not only looked the part, but brought their ‘A’ game to the dance floor, which simply lit up as Zoè, in her sequined white ensemble, and Antonio, in his black number, entered the auditorium.
Equally eye pleasing were Margaret Bovell-Lewis and her partner Dorian Beckles, who colour coordinated their pink and black outfits. With their graceful movements and technical prowess they also proved why they are currently considered “master adult advanced” dancers.
At the end of the night both the organizers and the patrons appeared satisfied that their night was well spent, with the Public Relations Officer of the Livi and Betty Alleyne Dance Group, Deborah Waithe-Thompson, touting the positive spin off benefits of having young people engaged in dance.
“For too long we only see the negative that our young people are getting themselves involved in. So, it is great we get the children involved in something positive from an early age. Dance can take them so far as they can compete in competition’s locally, regionally and internationally,” she told Barbados TODAY.