First of a kind dance competition for Independence

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The Department of Culture (DoC) has announced plans to stage a Virtual National and Regional Dance Solo Competition under the theme ‘Dancing Together, Distances Apart’.
In a release the DoC said the national competition will form part of the official 2020 Independence Celebrations on Monday 26th October while the regional component will be
hosted on Tuesday 15thDecember 2020. The competition is the first of its kind.

“The Virtual National Dance Solo Competition is open to Antiguans and Barbudans, sixteen (16) to thirty-five (35) years. The participants are encouraged to explore all genres of music. They may also integrate spoken word and/or percussion as the accompaniment for the performance. The dance disciplines that can be performed are Caribbean/ Folk, African, Modern/Contemporary, Street Jazz, Hip Hop and Ballet,” the release stated.

Only the top three participants will be announced. The winner will then represent Antigua and Barbuda in the regional competition in December 2020. “As a former dancer with a passion for the performing arts, I am very happy to spearhead this initiative. Even though we are being affected by COVID-19, our energies and talents can still find ways to manifest
themselves. This virtual dance completion does exactly that,” Special Events Coordinator, Gilbert Laudat, stated.

Commenting on the developmental aspect of this project, Laudat said this competition will encourage creativity and innovation while providing an opportunity for participants to be exposed to new disciplines of dance. In addition to honing the talent of new dancers, it will allow seasoned dancers to remain active and expand their dance repertoire. Director of Culture, Khan Cordice, commended Laudat and the Dance Division at the Department of Culture for initiating the project.

Registration for the competition is now open. Application forms can only be accessed online by visiting the Cultural Development Division’s Antigua and Barbuda Facebook page. The deadline for registration and video submission is Friday 16th October.