Anonymous defends its reggae dance world title | Entertainment
Leighton Levy, Gleaner Writer
With an incredible dance routine that included themes from the Super Mario Brothers and slapstick comedy, and was characterized by smooth transitions as well as some of the latest dancehall styles, dance group Anonymous successfully defended their title of reggae dance world champion at the National Arena. Monday evening.
It was the first time in five years of the competition’s history that a group had defended their title.
The last of the 14 dance groups vying for this year’s title, Anonymous, solved the problem with a compelling performance that entertained the large crowd of enthusiastic dance fans and left them stunned when it was all over. Granted, there were several other standout performances over the course of the night, including an emotionally charged performance by a band called Black-a-Nize who walked away empty-handed, but there was no doubt that Anonymous had raised the bar to new heights.
For the victory, the group walked away with a cash prize of $ 500,000 and cell phones, courtesy of Claro, a trophy from Party Time Services and a gift certificate from Cooyah. Second place went to All-Star Dancers while Overload Skankaz took third place.
Anonymous chief Matthew Richards said a lot of hard work went into perfecting their routine, but it ultimately paid off. “It took us about a week and a half (to set up and perfect their routine). It was so busy for everyone’s schedule. Not sleeping, just working on the routine,” he said. -he declares.
The six-man group – Matthew and Conray Richards, Andrew Higgins, Garfield Hinds, Peter Bellas and Courtney Brown, whose members are from Portmore, Washington Gardens and Cassava Piece, said they did not have a place of their own to practice, but a few “nice people” helped, giving them access to places where they could perfect their routines. Comedy, Matthew said, is an extension of who they are as a group and as individuals. “It is a reflection of our natural personalities. We try to blend who we are with our dances and our expression. In addition to our adrenaline and our strength, we try to incorporate our humor and our creativity,” he said. -he declares.
The competition was of such quality that any of the other four groups or so could have won the minor positions. Chief among them was Black-a-Nize, a group of three extremely energetic Orientals and two Jamaicans, who produced a funny but moving dance ensemble that portrayed the cultural connection between Japan and Jamaica, and mimicked Bounty. Killer, Buju Banton and Vybz Kartel. Their performance drew cheers, hoarse cries of approval, as well as prolonged bursts of laughter.
Dust Ville Dancers, which also featured a super flexible dancer who many viewers believed was boneless, produced an entertaining routine. They included stuff like blindfolded dancers jumping through human hoops, and other acrobatics that got the audience cheering all the time.
Dancin ‘Dynamites’ 2010 champions, Card Unit, opened the performances with what many thought was a high-quality performance that would have been hard to beat. However, with the possible exception of a few dance teams, by the time the performances were over they would have realized they were completely outclassed.
Richards says Anonymous hopes to travel overseas in the future. Recently, a French film crew made a film / documentary in which they were featured, and they hope this opens up more doors for them to show Jamaican dance and culture.