Dance with the Simp­sons for Fa­ther’s Day

The Star (Jamaica) - - Front Page - KRYSTA AN­DER­SON STAR Writer

To know a good fa­ther is to love him. But to ex­pe­ri­ence a dad who shares the same pas­sions and sup­ports his chil­dren in all that they do, is life chang­ing.

Manawe Simp­son be­came a fa­ther 12 years ago and he made it his life­long mis­sion to not only be present, but prominent in the lives of his lit­tle ones.

“My chil­dren started show­ing a love for dance from a very ten­der age, as early as two years old. I have a great re­la­tion­ship with them and they look up to me a lot, so they are al­ways show­ing in­ter­est in my in­ter­ests,” he told Dancers’ Par­adise.

Simp­son is no stranger to the lo­cal dance cir­cuit. He started back in pri­mary school and this love pro­gressed dur­ing his years at Kingston Col­lege.

SEV­ERAL COM­PE­TI­TIONS

He went on to en­ter­tain many au­di­ences as an ac­tive mem­ber of Un­touch­able Squad, en­ter­ing sev­eral com­pe­ti­tions, win­ning the Ja­maica Cul­tural Devel­op­ment Com­mis­sion’s World Reg­gae Dance Cham­pi­onships in 2008.

He cur­rently man­ages dance group Fan­tas­tic Step­paz from Har­bour View. But once a dancer, al­ways a dancer.

These days, he can be seen still trend­ing in the danc­ing space along­side his daugh­ter, Keelie, and son, Kyle. Last year, Simp­son cre­ated a video on Fa­ther’s Day, which was well re­ceived on so­cial me­dia.

“It wasn’t any­thing that was re­hearsed or no real time or ef­fort was put into it - we were just hav­ing fun. The re­sponse it got, how­ever, was over­whelm­ing,” he said.

As a re­sult of this suc­cess, he de­cided to make the pro­duc­tion an an­nual event for Fa­ther’s Day. Simp­son has al­ready re­leased a preFather’s Day dance by the Simp­sons.

The video, which pre­miered just days ago, fea­tures him­self, his chil­dren and niece, Dashawna, vib­ing and freestylin­g to the hit sin­gle Flair is the Air by Ding Dong.

“The pre­view video was just to cre­ate a buzz lead­ing up to the re­lease of the of­fi­cial video on Fa­ther’s Day. This time around, I in­cluded my niece Dashawna who is a huge fan of danc­ing and a big fan of mine since she has been grow­ing,” said Simp­son. “I’m a proud fa­ther, pro­tec­tor, and friend. Danc­ing runs in my fam­ily. This is how we connect with each other, spend qual­ity time and ex­press our­selves.”

CON­TRIB­UTED

Manawe Simp­son and his chil­dren Kyle (left) and Keelie.

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