Got Dance? auditions announced

Auditions inviting Cayman’s talented dancers to put their best foot forward will be held next month.

The exciting new dance competition Got Dance?, hosted by Barnes Dance Academy Ltd. and Butterfield Bank, will launch on Saturday, 6 June with district auditions held across the island.

Hot on the heels of popular television reality shows such as Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance? and America’s Best Dance Crew, this dance competition aims to give Cayman’s dancers a chance to shine.

The announcement of the contest came recently with Butterfield signing on to sponsor the event. The island-wide competition aims to find Cayman’s top dancer, and dancers of all styles are welcomed.

‘The idea of Got Dance? was inspired by the hit TV show So You Think You Can Dance?,’ explained Susan Barnes Pereira, owner of Barnes Dance Academy Ltd. ‘I was intrigued by the idea of individuals showcasing and competing on their uniqueness, dance skill, creativity and versatility as performers.

‘I knew we had talent of that calibre here in the islands but believed that dancers here are not often given the creativity outlet of freedom to express themselves in their own unique way.’

Mrs. Barnes Pereira explained that with Got Dance?, she is hoping to provide a platform from which all talents and skill sets can receive the exposure and encouragement they deserve. By using funds raised from the competition to finance a summer dance programme with international instructors, she believes a new generation of dance talent can be discovered in Cayman.

‘The great strength of this competition is that it provides local dancers the opportunity to showcase their talents and be rewarded for them while allowing us to reach those younger students who are just becoming aware of their gifts as dancers and creative little souls through our summer programme,’ she said.

‘The success of this annual event will be truly realised when a young child who is given the opportunity to be exposed to dance through our summer programme can continue to develop their skills and earn the opportunity to later compete in the competition and claim the title of Cayman’s Top Dancer.’

Dancers above the age of eight are invited to a variety of locations throughout the day to audition for a panel of judges. Those that progress to the 20 June final have the chance to meet and dance with a celebrity judge and win a $1,000 prize.

The winners of the competition will also be given the opportunity to perform live for the public on CITN and given contact information for international dance competitions.

‘Additionally, having the benefit of a celebrity judge who himself is a well-known and respected performer provides yet another level of possibilities and potential contacts for the winners,’ said Mrs. Barnes Pereira.

‘Having these contacts opens doors of possibility for the winner. While we cannot guarantee them success, we can point them in the direction and their success will then be what they make of it. Our goal is to nurture and empower local talent to achieve unreached heights in dance and the performing arts.’

Auditions will be held at Bodden Town Civic Centre from 2pm to 5pm, John Gray Memorial Hall in West Bay from 9am to 12pm, North Side Civic Centre from 2pm to 5pm and South Sound Community Centre from 2pm to 5pm.

Couples, groups and individuals can enter. Entry is $10 and all proceeds from the competition will go to the Barnes Dance Academy Ltd. performance competition team and the summer dance workshop.

Age categories include juniors (eight years old to 12 years old), seniors (ages 13 to 16) and adults (ages 17 and above).

‘I am thrilled with the incredible support and interest that is being generated and am equally thrilled with the number of people that are stepping forward and were desperate for the opportunity to show and test their talent,’ said Mrs. Barnes Pereira.

‘I have always believed that we have local talent that is more than capable of standing their ground and setting new standards in the international world of the performing arts.

‘Barnes Dance Academy Ltd., through the support of our sponsors, is very proud to bring Got Dance? to the incredibly talented individuals in our islands.’

Those interested in finding out more information prior to auditions can contact Susan Barnes Pereira at 925-8876 or [email protected].