With extraordinary energy and moves that packed tonnes of explosive force, the long-running Charles Chocolates Dancin’ Dynamites wrapped the national legof its fourteenth season last Sunday with resilient crowd pleasers Too Kool being crowned the 2019 national champions, copping the coveted first-place title and over $1.5M in cash and prizes.
‘Mad and Mean’ was the theme and promise for this season, and the dance crew comprising Shawn Corrodus, Damoya Grant and Michael Thompson thrilled the live audience and television viewers islandwide as they showcased their winning moves to the intersecting rhythms of the West African Afrobeat musical genre.
“It was a very complicated competition,” Damoya Grant, the group’s only female member, shared. “It was very stressful, but words can’t express our [happiness to] win, and we’re more than ready for next week when we take on the international dancers.”
- Competition judge Orville shares the stage in showcasing dancehall moves from years past with show competitors from previous years.
Having earned bragging rights of emerging as national champions after a week of public voting leading up to part one the finale staging, the crew will advance to part two of the finale on Sunday, May 19 where they will face off against dancers from Colombia, Cuba, and St. Lucia at the Jamaica College auditorium.
Too Kool, New Era and Legend Squad, who each placed first, second and third respectively,performed prepared and impromptu routines with the latter guided by an exciting judges’challenge, where the teams created routines on spot.