Dance Academy In­stills Pos­i­tiv­ity in Faux-A-Chaud

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

On Sun­day March 6 the Faux-a-Chaud com­mu­nity came alive when Mar­cus Alexan­der and his FAC Dance Academy staged a dance and arts fes­ti­val in the Cas­tries com­mu­nity.

Alexan­der later re­vealed: “I took the ini­tia­tive to work with the chil­dren in my com­mu­nity. I have 25 chil­dren from six to fif­teen year olds, and I want to show them that through dance they can make a dif­fer­ence in their lives.” The dance classes he pro­vides are free and all types of dances are taught, but pri­or­ity is given to dances to Gospel mu­sic.

The Fes­ti­val was meant to be a show of pride to counter the stigma that is usu­ally at­tached to com­mu­ni­ties like Faux A Chaud. Ac­cord­ing to Alexan­der, “there are many pres­sures and the com­mu­nity is suf­fer­ing with is­sues such as vi­o­lence and teenage preg­nancy, for ex­am­ple. “I am try­ing to give th­ese kids a bet­ter life than what some may call a ghetto life,” he as­sured. The Fes­ti­val, a first for the Dance Academy, has been a vi­sion for Alexan­der for some­time now.

For a first time event, the show ran smoothly enough and fea­tured mostly dances by the FAC Dance Academy, which were in­ter­spersed with per­for­mances by guest artists in­clud­ing “The Peo­ple’s Monarch”- Ashanti, the RSLPF Cheer­lead­ers, Freeflow/ Arts in Mo­tion from Vieux-Fort, Saint Lu­cia Ju­nior Pride, Daddy Twan as well as Al­ley Kat, known for her ap­pear­ances in Kaiso Tents. How­ever, on the day she trans­formed into a true song­bird as she smoothly de­liv­ered an R&B hit. John An­toine also per­formed his re­cently re­leased “Saint Lu­cia Wake Up” as the dancers twirled on stage in blue, white, black and gold. He later joined Ras Bonte in an acous­tic gui­tar vibe.

The pur­pose of the Fes­ti­val, as an­nounced by the MC was to high­light the paucity of tal­ent in the com­mu­nity of Faux A Chaud. “They say noth­ing good comes from Faux A Chaud…” but be­fore he could fin­ish, the crowd raised its voice in dis­agree­ment and the neg­a­tive soon gave way to al­low­ing the tal­ents on stage to speak for them­selves.

The FAC Dance Academy has been in ex­is­tence for nine years. Op­er­at­ing against many odds, the Academy’s dancers per­form on the first Sun­day of ev­ery month at the Mi­nor Basil­ica of the Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion in the city of Cas­tries. The Academy also works an­nu­ally with the Royal St. Lu­cia Po­lice Force, as­sist­ing with the Force’s an­nual Pageant and par­tic­i­pate in Ju­nior Car­ni­val as lead for the Char­mallions Ju­nior Car­ni­val Band.

Leon Hess Com­pre­hen­sive School has won the RSL97’s Cup­cake com­pe­ti­tion held Thurs­day at the Cas­tries Com­pre­hen­sive School.

The com­pe­ti­tion fea­tured the coun­try’s fu­ture bak­ers and chefs, and adopted the In­de­pen­dence 37 theme -“The Jour­ney Con­tin­ues”.

The re­sults were an­nounced by Pre­cilla Kho­dra, a teacher at the Cas­tries Com­pre­hen­sive School.

Com­peti­tors from Leon Hess amassed a to­tal of 81.13 points to take first place, fol­lowed by Mi­coud Sec­ondary with 72.13 points. Anse Ger Sec­ondary was third with 62.13 points.

Ra­dio St. Lu­cia’s Pro­gramme Man­ager, Garfield Alexan­der, con­grat­u­lated the par­tic­i­pat­ing stu­dents, who he said worked re­ally hard to cre­ate their prod­ucts.

Singer John An­toine ac­com­pa­nied by FAC Dancers.

Dancers putting on a con­tem­po­rary piece last Sun­day.

Stu­dents of the Leon Hess Com­pre­hen­sive Sec­ondary School win­ners of Cup­cake

com­pe­ti­tion.

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