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The World Reggae Dance Championship, Jamaica’s premier international dancehall and reggae dance competition, is still accepting entries as it heads to the knockout round.
The culmination of Jamaica’s 55 celebrations, the annual competition seeks to bring together on one stage the best and most versatile dancehall and reggae-based dance groups from around the world. Organized by the Jamaican Commission for Cultural Development (JCDC), an agency of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the championship is open to groups of three to six people, ages 18 and older. , and is not limited to Jamaicans. residents.
The elimination round will see four regional eliminations taking place across the island throughout the month of June, with on-site entries accepted at each elimination.
The Western Region (Westmoreland, Hanover, St James, Trelawny) will host the eliminations tomorrow (June 2) at Water Square, Falmouth, Trelawny, starting at 5 p.m., while the Central Region eliminations (Clarendon, Manchester , St Elizabeth) will be held on Friday June 9 at May Pen Town Square, Clarendon, also from 5 p.m.
The North Region (St Ann, St Mary, Portland) will see their eliminations on Friday June 16 at the Hi Lo Mall parking lot, Port Maria, St Mary at 5 p.m., while the East region (St Thomas, St Catherine, Kingston and St Andrew) will host the final elimination on Friday, June 23 at Emancipation Park, 5 p.m.
According to JCDC Director of Marketing and Public Relations Stephen Davidson, “A lot of dance groups across the island claim they are real dancers, so JCDC is giving them a chance to prove it. They show their movements in the evenings throughout the year, now is the time for them to bring it to the international stage.
Davidson continued, “In an effort to give national and international exposure to the talent that exists in reggae / roots dance, entries are accepted in the Roots Reggae, Dancehall, Reggae Contemporary / Classic, Reggae Dancehall and Dance Narrative categories.”
Davidson also said the JCDC is inviting other countries to purchase the World Reggae Dance Championship franchise to host an elimination show in their country and send the winners to the international final in Jamaica. The move will strengthen international participation in the championship which saw its first international participants come from Japan in 2009. Details of the franchise agreement are available on the JCDC website.
Contest entry forms are available online at www.jcdc.gov.jm.