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Dancers told to think big

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Barbadian dancers were challenged by founder of Urban Artistry, Junious Brickhouse, to diversify the art form of dancing.
Brickhouse, speaking at the end of a three-day free workshop at the Queen’s Park Steel Shed last Saturday, encouraged dancers to work and communicate with each other to put on street shows because the opportunities were endless.
“You guys should start a Barbados Dance Facebook page . . . so you can communicate and show people out of Barbados that you have a voice. You guys are a small, talented community full of possibilities,” he said.
After words of encouragement from Brickhouse, the dancers were given the opportunity to perform and utilize what they had learnt over the three days.
Among those present were dance group Element, winners of the recently concluded Dance Fest competition, Adrenalin and I-Tech.  
Displaying their breakdancing skills, Element showed why they won the local dance competition. Adrenalin and I-Tech also did breakdancing pieces.
There were individual performances by Alex Lashley, Danny Chase, Michael Adams, Justin Went and Dwayne Dursis.   
Cultural officer for dance at the National Cultural Foundation (NCF), John Hunte, said the workshop was held to enable young people to get an outside eye and it was really good for them in terms of the national dance perspective.
“Barbados has talent and what we need to figure out is how to get the people to be committed and dedicated to create opportunity for the talent and that’s where we at the NCF have a challenge. So the relationships with the United States Embassy can bring the people in so we can work together,” Hunte said. (ML)

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