Romario Bates and Ambia Parris had no competition, literally. (Picture by Christoff Griffith.)
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Several pairs of happy feet tapped their way around The St Leonards Boys’ School auditorium recently when the Stars Of The Future Competition came off.
Dancers, young and old competed in Latin and ballroom categories, including the rumba, paso doble, cha-cha and sensual samba.
In the One dance Latin juvenile/ juniors, Ariane Rollock took top spot while Zakiya Thornhill and Leandria Knight took second and third respectively.
In the youth/adult section, Antonio Farrell, Kyle Brathwaite and Rashad Wickham took the top three spots.
While, in the masters, Margaret Bovell-Lewis, Veneta Ward and Cassandra Knight filled up the top three.
The Stars Of The Future Competition is geared towards the development of both children and adults. It’s held to showcase the talent of the dancers and the future of Latin and ballroom dancing in Barbados and, by extension, the national teams who represent their country abroad.
While important in its own right, the event might have served as a warm-up, as days after, members of the Barbados Dance Teachers’ Association left local shores to compete at the Imperial Society Of Teachers Of Dancing (ISTD) Grand Finals in Blackpool, England, where numerous dancers medalled.
In the Under 35 Gold Star Awards competition, Kaila Bovell-Lewis and Delano Wickham placed third behind their peers Shane Alleyne and Aleksandra Przybylak and Lee-Andre Walker and Zoe Trotman who came first and second respectively.
Rashad Wickham was also successful, as he gained second place in Junior Gold Star Awards Solo competition and third in the couples. (TG)