(l-r) - Arianne Smith, Waynesha Thompson, Hannah O'Conno, Jaylah Nicholls, Rochea Nottage, Cherish Pennerman, Chelsey Higgs, Colette Parker- BDT Competition Coach.
After strenuous months of training and practice, the Bahamas Dance Theatre’s
(Freeport) competition team travelled to compete in the Shake the Ground nationals. The STG Nationals featured over 2,000 of the best dancers from various cities and states in the US. The caliber of judges included instructors from the world-renowned Alvin Ailey dance company, along with a host of others who would’ve performed on Broadway and hit shows such as “So you think you can dance”. Being the ONLY international and smallest dance school represented, the first time 8-member team danced their way into the judges’ hearts and walked away with the 1st place award in the Junior Small Group Novice category. The team successfully out danced 10 other exceptional dance teams.
In addition, the BDT competition team also entered a few solo categories where they were able to capture some more awards. Senior BDT dancer, Waynesha Thompson placed 1st in the Senior Novice category. Chelsey Higgs and Cherish Pennerman placed 4th and 5th respectively in the Senior Novice Category. Hannah O’Conno placed 7th in the Junior Novice category and Myah Knowles placed 10th in the primary Shakers Novice category. Competition team coach, Colette Parker and BDT artistic director, Jullion Collie noted that they are extremely proud of these young ladies and what they managed to accomplish being first time international competitors. They would also like to thank their financial sponsors, The GB Port Authority, Zorbas, Tanya Collie, Roslyn Collie, the management & staff of BDT, parents and all those who supported the team in any other way. They plan to return to the STG competition next year with hopes of walking away victorious in even more areas. The Bahamas Dance Theatre resumes classes in all disciplines, September 2019.