Dancers come alive on stage and off stage; it’s an art they feel in their soul. For them, every move is magical and for most, it’s more than dance—it’s about self-expression, finding oneself, losing oneself in the art—it’s a way of life.
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”
Afro-Wii is a dance group which came into existence on January 20, 2016. This group consists of four females namely 18-year-old Kehdie Doyle, 18-year-old Coslene Simon, 19-year-old Roche St. Cyr and 20-year-old Torri Cadetteand one male 19-year-old Cohen Mitchel.
The name ‘Afro-Wii’ was inspired by the group members’ love for African dance and their village (Canaries, pronounced ‘Canawi’). The dancers conjoined the two words and “Afro-Wii” soon came to life.
According to the group, “African dance isa Performing Art deeply woven in the social fabric of Africa, generally involving aspects of music and theatre as well as rhythmic bodily movement.Although we mainly do African dances, we also do Soca dance routines; Soca is a style of music, originating in Trinidad and Tobago which is a blend of Soul and Calypso.”
Being in Afro-Wii has been life changing for all members, who are like family to each other. The group recently started “Sweat in Soca,”an initiative which encourages members of the community to take part in physical activities through dance. The session is held every Tuesday and Thursday at the Canaries Infant School from 7:30-8:30 p.m. That’s not all: one of the group’s members also teaches dance in an after school programme at the Canaries Primary School.
The members hope to perform on the Soca Monarch stage in Trinidad and Tobago one day, for well-known artistes like Machel Montano or Patrice Roberts. Their second goal is to be known as the “dynamic dance group from Saint Lucia” across the Caribbean or even worldwide.
In closing the group said: “The advice we Afro-Wii Dance Group would like to share with the youth is: chase your dreams no matter what. Never give up and grab every opportunity given to you; make the best out of it and to stay focused on your goals in life.”