Jamaica Gleaner

Str8 Edge are World Dance Cham­pi­ons

- Shere­ita Griz­zle Gleaner Writer Entertainment · Arts · Music · Dance · Kingston · Jamaica · Linkin Park · Chris Ryan · Vybz Kartel · Beenie Man

STR8 EDGE Clas­sic Dancers from Kingston are the 2015 World Reg­gae Dance Cham­pi­ons. The group emerged win­ners from an elite group of 16 fi­nal­ists who danced their hearts out on stage at the grand fi­nale on Wed­nes­day night.

Start­ing at 8:30 p.m. to a packed venue, the show held at the In­de­pen­dence Vil­lage at the Ranny Wil­liams En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre was one of pure en­ter­tain­ment, as guests were treated to much more than a dance com­pe­ti­tion. How­ever, de­spite get­ting more than they bar­gained for, the au­di­ence made it clear what they came out for when it was an­nounced by the night’s em­cee, Jenny Jenny, that the com­pe­ti­tion was about to be­gin. Loud screams and cheers echoed through­out the venue as the first group hit the stage.

Dancers of Ja­maica, an allfe­male group, opened the night’s per­for­mances with a high-energy rou­tine. Us­ing crates as props, the group de­liv­ered a good per­for­mance and was well re­ceived by the au­di­ence, and as the night pro­gressed, things only got bet­ter. High Volt­age dancers and Dustville dancers were next on stage and they, too, de­liv­ered well.

COM­PE­TI­TION IN­TEN­SI­FIED

How­ever, when Di Koloni dance group hit the stage, they out­shun their fel­low dancers. As they ex­e­cuted their dance moves, the screams from the au­di­ence got louder and louder, and by the end of their per­for­mance they were clear crowd favourites. The other dance groups also per­formed well, us­ing ev­ery­thing from hand­carts, jelly co­conuts and even a space­ship as props to en­hance their rou­tines.

When Str8 Edge Clas­sic dancers touched the stage, they took over as favourites be­fore even do­ing a sin­gle move, as their or­ange prison jump­suit cos­tumes alone had the au­di­ence in a frenzy. The group stood out from the rest, not only be­cause they were ex­cep­tional dancers, but be­cause they of­fered the com­plete en­ter­tain­ment pack­age. They told a story with their rou­tine, one that the au­di­ence was fa­mil­iar with and one they could re­late to. The dancers rep­re­sented pris­on­ers who just es­caped Hori­zon Re­mand Cen­tre, and among the es­capees was Adidja Palmer, more pop­u­larly known as Vybz Kar­tel. They in­cor­po­rated mu­sic from the in­car­cer­ated dee­jay into their rou­tine and had the au­di­ence to­tally cap­ti­vated. When they com­pleted their set, the en­tire au­di­ence in­side the Ranny Wil­liams En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre stood, clap­ping and cheer­ing.

Str8 Edge Clas­sic Dancers walked away with a $500,000 cash prize along with the 2015 ti­tle of World Reg­gae Dance Cham­pi­ons, among other prizes. They also won the sec­tional prize for Best Cos­tume for the sec­ond year in a row and was awarded an ad­di­tional $30,000.

MOST DIS­CI­PLINED

Du­cati Dan­cazz, the only in­ter­na­tional group in the com­pe­ti­tion, walked away with the prize for Most Dis­ci­plined group, which also at­tracted a $30,000 re­ward. They also re­ceived plaques, cour­tesy of the JCDC, for be­ing the Best In­ter­na­tional En­trant. Sec­ond- place win­ners, Dom­i­nant Na­tion, walked away with $200,000 while third place went to Di Koloni, along with a cash prize of $100,000.

The night’s en­ter­tain­ment pack­age in­cluded a sound clash be­tween Cop­per­shot and DJ Chris Diamond from Code Red. The clash turned out to be one of the night’s high­lights, as the se­lec­tors from both sound sys­tems put on a show to re­mem­ber. The tune-for­tune seg­ment, although one-sided, had the au­di­ence to­tally en­thralled. Chris Diamond of Code Red stole the show from the be­gin­ning. Re­ceiv­ing some of the night’s big­gest for­wards, Diamond slew the Cop­per­shot dee­jay in ev­ery round and emerged the win­ner by a land­slide. There were also per­for­mances from Bee­nie Man, Ce­Cile and An­cient Priest, the 2015 Fes­ti­val Song com­pe­ti­tion win­ner.

 ?? GLADSTONE TAY­LOR/PHO­TOG­RA­PHER ?? Str8 Edge Clas­sic Dancers from Kingston are the 2015 World Reg­gae Dance Cham­pi­ons.
GLADSTONE TAY­LOR/PHO­TOG­RA­PHER Str8 Edge Clas­sic Dancers from Kingston are the 2015 World Reg­gae Dance Cham­pi­ons.

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