Performing together for over 10 years, the hard work has once again paid off for members of the Dynamix dance group who took top honors at the 2019 staging of the World Reggae Dance Championship Friday night.
The championship staged as part of the Emancipation and Independence celebrations was held at the National Arena in St Andrew.
This was the group’s fifth time entering the competition. They won the title back in 2016.
Their performance, with its ‘Road under construction’ theme, brought the house down in consort with their sharp, rip-roaring movements and slew of dancehall music – including the playing of the National Anthem. They stood out among the other acts and instantly became the standard by which all others were judged.
“We are so overwhelmed right now…The preparation was pretty rough but we dedicated ourselves and had done our best to win,” Dynamix Team group member Oshane Mitchell told Jamaica Today backstage.
The St. Catherine-based group also comprises of Hodeano Dixon, Nick Thorpe, Ryan Beckford, Travis Thompson and John Allison.
For their effort, Dynamix Team, was awarded a cash prize of $500,000. All-female dance group Afro Jam Tribe was first runner-up and took home a cash prize of $300,000 as well as the sectional prize for Best Costume. Third place went to St. James-based New Era Team, who received a cash prize of $150,000.
Other sectional prizes were: Most Disciplined Group – St. Thomas’ High Voltage; and Most Popular on Social Media – Flava X Empire from St. Ann and Best International – Belgian Dance Group Be Your Authentic Self.
The other participants were: Street Team and Show Jammerz from St James; Kingston and St. Andrew-based Purpose Generation, K-street and Keen Steppaz.
According to Dancehall Queen and Chief Judge of this year’s staging, Carlene Smith, the dancers were judged by six categories of which coordination was critical. “As judges we all agreed on what we saw as the best of what was given to us” Smith told Jamaica Today.
The occasion also saw a sound clash featuring DJ Wild Fresh and DJ Scrappy. After two rounds, Little DJ Wild Fresh emerged winner.
The evening’s emcee, radio personality ‘Burger Man’ kept things light and lively and the onstage performances topped off the offering for the evening.
Guest performers were Chi Ching Ching, who created a dancing frenzy with ‘Way Up Stay Up’ and ‘Rope’ having the Entertainment and Culture Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange also showing her moves and Loaded Eagle, the 2019 JCDC Festival Song winner with ‘Big Up Jamaica’.
The World Reggae Dance Championship, which began in 2006, aims to give national and international exposure to talents that exist in the reggae, roots and dancehall genres.