Thursday, August 19, 2010

Dream Team launches The Art of Dance

Stephanie Legall models one of the costumes

for Dream Team’s C2K11 presentation—The Art

of Dance. Photo: Kyron Grandison

Saturday will see one of Trinidad’s highest energy Carnival bands launch its production for Carnival 2011—The Art of Dance—which focuses on some of the most exciting dances worldwide, all of which are performed here in T&T. Dream Team, in its short history, has been able to capture the true spirit of Trinidad Carnival with presentations that pay tribute to T&T’s various cultural backgrounds, living in harmony. Communications executive director for the band Pat Garcia-Sumadh said, “Trinidad Carnival is now capturing one of the largest viewing audiences worldwide, therefore it’s important that we showcase the most positive attributes of our twin-island state, dance being one of our passions as a multi-culturally united people.” She further explains that dance in many forms has been adopted by the progressive youth of T&T, as a means of self-fulfilment amongst other talents. Sections for The Art of Dance include Latin Fever (Salsa); Soukouss (African); Chinese Fan Dancers (China); Chutney Bacchanal (Trinidad); Dancers of the Nile (Belly Dance); Rio Rio (Brazil); and, Fire Dance (Caribbean).

A total of 12 sections will form the presentation The Art of Dance for Dream Team Carnival 2011. The band launch is being hosted with a grand costume presentation and party at the secured grounds of the UWI Social Club, Agostini Street, St Augustine. Garcia further explained, “our database has revealed that approximately 50 per cent of our masqueraders come from the east, central and south, so with this in mind we have decided to “level the playing field” by expressing our appreciation to those loyal supporters and host our 2011 band launch at a more centrally located and convenient venue. “Additionally, Dream Team has a fast growing number of masqueraders’ participation from UWI, Costaatt, UTT, Mt Hope Medical faculty and Roytec.

Students from these institutions are entitled to complimentary entry to the event before 11 pm, using their student identification cards, as proof.”

All previous Dream Team masqueraders are also entitled to a complimentary ticket for this launch, which can be collected directly from their section leader, or at the band house, anytime during the hours of 3 pm to 6 pm. Dream Team’s band house and office is located at 76 Picton Street, Newtown, and its hotlines are 756-2449, in the north; and, 680-0076 in the south. Advance tickets are available at the band house during the above hours and at the venue on the day of the launch from noon to 6 pm. Gates open at 10 pm, with the costume presentation at 11.30 pm, and Garcia added, “after which we party until the wee hours of the morning with some of T&T’s finest club and radio DJs, living up to our signature status of ‘energy in motion’ both for this launch and on the road for Carnival 2011.
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