Sunday 21 April, 2019

Barbadian dancers chosen to perform in New York

(L-R) Keisha Dowridge, Asha Weekes, Shameka Walters, Zhane Padmore, Nandi Yard and Aisha Comissiong.

(L-R) Keisha Dowridge, Asha Weekes, Shameka Walters, Zhane Padmore, Nandi Yard and Aisha Comissiong.

Six Barbadian dancers have been chosen to travel to Brooklyn, New York, to perform following a two-day audition held by the Brooklyn Nets Basketball dance team. 

For the first time in history, the dance team held auditions outside of Brooklyn and Barbados was their first pick.  

Initially, two lucky dancers would have received the opportunity to perform with the dance team. However, after the Brooklynettes professed how blown away they were with the talent, the team selected six dancers to perform on ‘Barbados Night’ at Barclay’s Center during the Brooklyn Nets vs. Toronto Raptors game on April 3.  

The ladies who made the cut out of the 11 semi-finalists are: Zhane Padmore, Aisha Comissiong, Keisha Dowridge, Nandi Yard, Asha Weekes and Shameka Walters.  

 

 

 

 

 

Eusi Skeete, Senior Business Development Officer, Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI) USA, said,  

“We are very excited about this partnership between the BTMI and the Brooklynettes, as we saw this was a ripe market for Barbados to showcase the destination to a very wide audience.   

We wanted to bring the Barbadian flare to Brooklyn and give local talent the opportunity to showcase what they have to offer. Therefore, we look forward to continuing this beneficial partnership to continue to showcase Barbados to New York and to the world.”  

During Barbados Night at Barclay’s Center, the island is showcased from beginning to end through a variety of mediums. Previously Alison Hinds, Nikita and Mahalia from Two Mile Hill sang the National Anthem during Barbados Night.   

Criscia Long, Director of Entertainment Marketing of the Brooklynettes was moved to tears as she said,  

“After coming to Barbados for the past four seasons, this particular experience was magical as these talented ladies took it to the next level. Being able to give them this opportunity to bring Bajan flare to Brooklyn and Barclay’s Center is very exciting and we can’t wait to welcome them.”  

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