JCDC World Reggae Dance Elimination To Be Held In Japan – 2013 Champions to win a trip
The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the One Love Jamaica Festival Committee in Japan to stage an elimination show for the 2013 JCDC World Reggae Dance Championship. The winners from that elimination will travel to Jamaica to participate in the finals in August. 
JCDC’s Acting Executive Director, Delroy Gordon noted that as the JCDC celebrates its 50th anniversary and in keeping with the vision of becoming a Global Centre for Cultural Excellence, the Commission will continue to promote Jamaica’s rich cultural heritage on the international stage. He said “We welcome this partnership, which demonstrates the power of Brand Jamaica and we look forward to many others as it relates to our programmes at the JCDC.”
In 2009, the competition received its first international entry from Japan, the IVAN Dance Group which was placed second; they continued to enter and in 2012, were crowned World Reggae Dance Champions. 
As part of the MOU, JCDC’s World Reggae Dance Competition Coordinator Juliet Cowan-Morgan will attend the elimination in Tokyo, Japan at the One Love Jamaica Festival on Saturday and Sunday May 18 and 19, 2013. This year marks the 9th staging of Festival, which has become a staple in Japan due to the people’s love for Jamaica’s music and culture.  The Champions of the 2013 World Reggae Dance Competition will also win a trip to perform at the One Love Jamaica Festival in 2014. 
Local eliminations will continue on Friday, June 7 at the Sean Lavery Faith Hall, Westmoreland and Friday, June 14 at the Ocean Village, Shopping Centre, St. Ann starting at 4:00 p.m. Eliminations will also be held on Friday, June 21 in Kingston and Friday June 28 in St. Elizabeth. The national finals will be held on Saturday, August 5, 2013 at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre.
The JCDC World Reggae Dance Championship is open to dance groups of 3 to 6 persons, 16 years of age and older, residing in and outside of Jamaica.  Entries are welcomed in the categories of Roots Reggae, Dancehall, Reggae Contemporary/Classic, Reggae Dancehall and Dance Narrative. Entry form for the 2013 competition is available at the JCDC Head Office located at 3-5 Phoenix Avenue, Kingston 10, all JCDC parish offices island-wide and online
 at www.jcdc.gov.jm. The forms can be dropped off at any JCDC Parish Office or taken to the elimination shows.
For more information contact: 
Paulette Sutherland
Jamaica Cultural Development Commission 
Marketing & Public Relations Department
Tel: 926-5726-9/ 892-2534
Website: www.jcdc.gov.jm