For those of you who either thrilled to Richard Gere, Antonio Banderas or the Australian flick “Strictly Ballroom” or even adored old Fred & Ginger – then you missed a great show at the Wildey Gymnasium over the weekend…
It was the 11th anniversary of the Jahbulani Ballroom Club, and there were quite a few Categories – Juveniles Novice; Juniors Novice; Juveniles Beginners; Junior Beginners; Youth Beginners; Adult Beginners; Advance Open; Salsa; Adult Intermediate; Pro-Am (Professional/Amateurs) and the Annette Byer Memorial Solo.
The solo is really the piece de resistance of the event; it is a tribute to Annette Byer whose deeds led to the founding of the back in 1996. There was also a surprise demo from the Universal Kempo Karate Club. The show was great – so let me get out of the way the few bugs I observed…
- The programme should have a directory with contact e-mail and/or cell of each club participating – let the audience shop around!
- Same for the Karate demo, there should be a contact listed if people were impressed – they were, even one of the International Ballroom Judges!
- Staying on the martial arts demo, it should have been played while judges were tallying the final scores, instead of hearing a droning list of sponsors, was not compelled to look for them afterwards!
- The overseas arbiters should have been mixed in seating with the local judges, it lets them acclimate better to island rythms!
- Final bugbear, the judges’ table was too cluttered with sponsor products – do like the Grammies or Oscars, give them a gift basket afterwards and have a replica of it up front for patrons to see as they get their tickets torn…
It was adorable to see the juveniles and juniors, but sad to realise that few parents get their boys to do Ballroom, there were two pairs of girls competing at one pint; boys are at a premium – just so you know? Samurai warriors may be taught to fight, but they learn dance, poetry and painting so as to be well-rounded sword-machines; there is a soft play for the hard edge to bounce off against!
The Karate Club almost stole the show with a comedy routine – two guys tell a salesman they get their clothes from JC Penney and then a guy in a towel arrives and it turns out he is JC Penney, he fights the two bullies for his clothes in slow motion set to the love theme from Top Gun, when he runs out of steam – the salesman returns to rejuvenate JC with Red Bull (it gives you wings? LMAO) and he wins!
The Advance Open and Annette Byer solos were won by Daana Linton ( fame) and Mark Burgess, this is not their first time; but a full interview is forthcoming! Here’s a full list of those winners that night!
1st Christof Trotman & Sharika Wilkinson
1st Andre Alleyne & Kali Thompson
1st Ross Harris & Danielle Hall
2nd Josiah Haynes & Jaicee Armstrong
3rd Najee Moore & Alyssa Gibson
4th Marissa Jemmott & Larien Lynch
1st Jamal Dawe & Janine Sealy
2nd Broderic Goodfellow & Leslie Layne
3rd Romario Bates & Shanice Gittens
4th Christon Lucas & Marissa Banfield
5th Carl Broomes & Alissa Blackman
6th Damien Best & Anique Herbert
1st Naam Thomas & Janee Lovell
2nd Andre Forde & Sophia Billingy
3rd Rico Ward & Shanell Latchman
4th Marvin Alleyne & Sarah Newton
5th Dwight Howell & Jessica Jones
6th Kemar Bennett & Roberta Alleyne
7th Ryan Leach & Karla Dear
1st Rico Broomes & Maria Broomes
2nd Jamal Johnson & Tayika Browne
3rd Dabian Cumberbatch & Tamara Jeann Mayers
4th Justin Sealy & Mia Thorne
5th Davey Chandler & Shelly-ann Alleyne
6th Jason Chambers & Nikita Gibbs
7th Aaron Chandler & Shayl Griffith
8th Alvin Sobers & Nicola Clarke
1st Mark Burgess & Daana Linton
2nd Glenford Defreitas & Cheryl Brewster
3rd Glen Burnett & Dawn Archer
1st Shane Greaves & Alicia Payne
2nd Nicholas Small-Warner & Nikita Gibbs
3rd Roger Dec Arthur & Kathy-ann Patrick
4th Adrian Kellman & Cheryl Forde
1st Nicholas Small-Warner & Kim Wiggins
2nd Julian Knight & Jessica Knight
3rd Russell Mullin & Lasonta Payne
4th Anthony Mapp & Andrea Browne
1st Mark Burgess & Eronica Burgess (Pro)
2nd Raymond Maughan (Pro) & Keri Lavine
3rd Leon Greaves (Pro) & Sharon Harvey
4th Wayne Brewster & Coralita Straughn (Pro)
5th Kennedy Phillips (Pro) & Wendy Sealy
Annette Byer Solo
1st Mark Burgess & Daana Linton
2nd Glen Burnett & Dawn Archer
3rd Glenford Defreitas & Cheryl Forde