Two NIFCA multi award winning urban street dance groups are headed to Trinidad this weekend to compete in the inaugural World of Dance (WOD) Trinbago showcase.
Ahead of their departure for Port of Spain, Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth Stephen Lashley presented the Multifarious Dance Crew and ADL Adrenalin Dancers with airline tickets and monies to cover their accommodation at his ministry’s Haggatt Hall headquarters on Thursday.
This now affords the two emerging household names in the street dance arena an opportunity to compete against their global peers at the inaugural World of Dance Trinbago, scheduled for Saturday, April 7 at the Lord Kitchener Auditorium, The National Academy for the Performing Arts, Frederick Street, Port of Spain.
Lashley commented on the impact of the National Cultural Foundation’s (NCF’s) developmental programmmes and the recognition of these artistes at NIFCA, a proven breeding ground for talent.
He noted that the NCF’s programmes were not only designed to improve their technical skills on stage, but also to promote the longevity of the various art forms and to ensure that the artistes were equipped to transfer the knowledge gained.
One member of ADL and three members of the Multifarious Dance Crew are currently enrolled in the NCF Teachers’ Training programme, which is preparing them to become the island’s first internationally qualified street dance teachers with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. There were also the first to take the Bronze Street Dance medal test exam and each received the highest honours.
Winners of the Trinidad leg of the WOD contest qualify for the Los Angeles (LA) component of the competition and if they are successful in LA, they will advance to the final on NBC’s World of Dance TV show where the life-altering prize at stake is US$1 million. The ten-episode series recorded a viewership of 8.3 million last season and is led by a judging team of extraordinary dance superstars – Jennifer Lopez (who also serves as an executive producer), Derek Hough, NE-YO and host/mentor Jenna Dewan Tatum.