Just when it seemed like the Charles Chocolates Dancin’ Dynamites Competition couldn’t get any better, the launch of Season 13 knocked all doubts and blazed a trail of superlative performances, elevating expectations for the upcoming months.
Under the theme ‘Clash 13, Cut and Clean’, the Charles Chocolates Dancin’ Dynamites Competition Launch saw a series of fierce battles with several dancers from the most recent seasons competing for segment honours throughout the event at Limelight Entertainment Complex, Half Way Tree, St. Andrew. Each winner secured a prize from its respective sponsor, with the top performers earning the opportunity to face-off with Citi Dancers, the group from Montego Bay which snatched victory from 2017 season favourites, Fantastic Steppaz.
As fate would have it, Fantastic Steppaz emerged the top team to face-off with Citi Dancers, bringing nostalgia and memories of last season, as both shattered expectations in their effort to steal the show. On one hand, Citi Dancers was working hard to prove a point and silence any doubters who questioned their victory. On the other, Fantastic Steppaz no doubt wanted to prove they should have been crowned the winners in last season’s heated finale. The final clash was powerful, and the audience reeled from the intense atmosphere as the teams whipped the crowd into a frenzy.
As the dust settled, Citi Dancers emerged with battle scars, but ultimately, they also secured the edge over their rivals winning $13,000 and adding another star to their crown. Roxanne Brown, Brand Manager, Charles Chocolates, the title sponsors of the completion said the performances are the epitome of what the Competition represents. “This is the level of dynamism, energy and passion that we want to see in the Competition, and I’m happy to see the teams put on such a fantastic show to represent the theme for this year,” said Brown. “We have over $2 million in prizes overall this year, so we want all the dancers to take some notes from this final clash, come out with your fiercest, most exciting performances, and show us that you really have what it takes to take the 2018 title.”
As per the ‘Clash 13, Cut and Clean’ theme, throughout this season, each week Dynamites will draw and randomly select a card with Clash 13. They will have a one-minute face-off against a group that is not in the competition, for a chance to win $13,000.
During the event launch, Charles Chocolates honoured the Competition’s conceptualiser Jennifer ‘Jenny Jenny’ Small with a surprise plaque presentation for her exemplary leadership and selfless dedication to the success of the annual Competition.
The Charles Chocolates Dancin’ Dynamites Competition started in 2006, and spans a period of three and a half months. Twelve dance groups are selected from an island-wide search and weekly dancers present their two-minute routine on television.
Audition Shows – 10:00AM-4:00PM
Saturday, January 13, 2018 – Bargain Village, May Pen, Clarendon
Saturday, January 20, 2018 – Brown’s Town Community College, St. Ann
Saturday, January 27, 2018 – Edna Manley School of Dance, Kingston
Saturday, February 3, 2018 – Sam Sharpe Square, St. James