On Friday, August 3, the highly anticipated finals of the World Reggae Dance Championship will bring dancers from across the globe to the Jamaica 56 Independence Festival Village at the National Arena, beginning at 8:00 p.m. 12 Dance groups will vie for the coveted title: 10 local groups and two international groups representing Poland and Italy. Guest performances will be made by Xqlusiv Dancers the 2017 World Reggae Dance Champions, Dancehall for Change an international dance group out of Austria and by popular Dancehall artistes Razor B and Chi Ching Ching.
The 10 Jamaican teams vying to keep the trophy in Jamaica are: SB Team of Kingston and St. Andrew; Team Young Talent of Clarendon; Team Ultimate of Kingston and St. Andrew; Flava Flava Ice of St. James; VIP Squad Dancers of St. Ann; Fantastic Steppaz of Kingston and St. Andrew; Flava X Empire of St. Mary; Spanish Town Dance Theatre of St. Catherine; Keen Steppaz of Kingston and St. Andrew and B.G. City Dancers, also of Kingston and St. Andrew.
The two international teams that will fight to take the trophy back home with them are: Full A Vibe representing Poland and Schengen Squad representing Italy.
Tickets for this event are adults $1000 presold and $1200 at the gate, while children’s tickets are $400 and may be purchased from the JCDC Head Office at 3-5 Phoenix Ave, Kingston 10, between 8:30 am and 3:30 pm daily. Presold tickets may also be purchased at the Independence Village at the JCDC’s booth between 12 noon and 5:00 pm daily.
Other ticket locations include Sangster’s Bookstores locations: Cross Roads, Springs Plaza, Portmore Mall and Spanish Town and Fontana Pharmacy locations in Barbican, Ocho Rios, Montego Bay, Savana La Mar and Mandeville. For additional convenience, tickets may also be purchased from the JCDC Online Store at www.jcdcjamaica.com.
The World Reggae Dance Championship is sponsored by CHASE Fund, Norman Manley International Airport, Airport Authority of Jamaica, Jamaica Civil Avaiation Authority, Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation, Lasco Money, Seven Seas/Arm & Hammer and Happy Ice.
The Jamaica Cultural Development Comission’s World Reggae Dance Championship began in 2006 in an effort to give national and international exposure to talents that exist in Reggae, Roots and Dancehall genres. It continues to unearth and showcase dancers each year, both locally and internationally and the Championship is one of the fastest growing competitions which attracts an international audience.