Groups, individuals honored for contribution to culture

Leader of the Flamboyant Dance Group Rosette Bertrand celebrates with a member of the group
Leader of the Flamboyant Dance Group Rosette Bertrand celebrates with a member of the group while other members look on proudly

Flamboyant Dancers, of Dublanc led by Rosette Bertrand, has received the prestigious E.O Leblanc Trophy for the preservation of Dominica’s culture.

The award was presented at the 2013 Cultural Gala held at the Botanic Gardens on Monday evening.

The group has several sections for children and adults and has been performing a variety of cultural dances

In 2012 the Flamboyant Dancers were the winner of the first ever Quadrille Festival held at the Old Mill Cultural Cultural Center.

The Young Artiste Award for 2013 went to Audel Hamilton of Petite Savanne

He has been participating in cultural activities from a very young age and is described as a powerful force in his community in terms of cultural preservation. This year he performed during Heritage Day and some of the Independence Festivals around the island.

Audel Hamilton receives his award from culture minister Justina Charles
Audel Hamilton receives his award from culture minister Justina Charles

The local government department was presented with a special award for actively involved in the planning and organizing various cultural events. The department plays a special role in organizing the district cultural competition and festivals. They have played a key role in assisting the cultural division in mobilizing groups across the island for cultural activities.

A member of the local  government department received the award from culture minister Justina Charles
A member of the local government department received the award from culture minister Justina Charles

The vehicle staff of the local government department was also recognized. The staff is active during the independence season putting up tents and ‘carrying various types of building material’ across Dominica for various events. They were recognized for their long hours of work and the physical and mental stamina that goes with the job.

Representatives of the local government vehicle staff accepts the award from culture minister Justina Charles
Representatives of the local government vehicle staff accepts the award from culture minister Justina Charles

Jerome Sabroache of Bioche was presented with a lifetime achievement award, one of two presented during the gala.

Sabaroache has been dancing Bele from since he was four and has participated in many competitions though the years, winning many of them. He has been active in teaching the dance form to the younger generation in various schools and community groups. He is also very involved in activities in his community.

Jerome Sabaroache accepts his lifetime achievement award
Jerome Sabaroache accepts his lifetime achievement award

The second lifetime achievement award went to Steven Drigo of Woodfordhill.

He has been involved in playing the accordion and providing Jingping music for many years of his life. He is a skilled Bele drummer and a drummer of Lapo Kabwit

He is part of the Woodfordhill Jingping Band and has played the drums for many a Bele dancer.

Steven Drigo receives his lifetime achievement award
Steven Drigo receives his lifetime achievement award

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8 Comments

  1. November 6, 2013

    :) boi imagine flamboyant dancers real eh wii toping everything wii boi respect
    8)

  2. Anonymous
    November 6, 2013

    Flambouyant Dancers from “Bioche and Dublanc” Please… Thanks!! Members are from Both Communities… Thanks

  3. November 6, 2013

    Congrats to the Dublanc Flamboyant dancers. But I also need to remind the Cultural Division under Mr. Raymond Lawrence that he has always forgotten to award Ms. Jacinta David of the Performing Arts Workshop. This young lady has been instrumental in dance in the schools, she has worked with the Cultural Division for a number of years, and yet still she has never been recognized. Papa Bondieu, if you don’t like the lady, you may have to encourage what she is doing. Just see what Performing Arts Workshop is doing the the promotion of culture in the Primary Schools. What a waste with a talent of this magnitude, she nor her group cannot be recognized? What a shame! Please recognize all persons who do good for culture, not only friends, but foes (if you so see it that way).

    • Not a herd follower
      November 7, 2013

      Don’t worry. Just be patient. Jacinta David will be justifiably be recognized and honoured in due time

  4. wotty
    November 5, 2013

    So proud Mr.Sun you work hard enough congrats

  5. Dublanc
    November 5, 2013

    Congratulations! Flamboyant and Tazette. We once had culture in Dublanc but our grand and greatgrand I guess did not no better so they never felt the need to pass it on, but you what we inherited it but we had no idea we could dance the dance until Rosette (Tazette) decided that we must have a cultural group and that idea came about when Heritage Day was held in Dublanc, sad to say there was no cultural group from the host community and there onwards Tazette said No! something has to be done and today we are proud of OUR BELOVED FLAMBOYANTS DANCERS. CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN AND MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU AND GUIDE YOUR FOOTSTEPS, WE LOVE YOU ALL

  6. I own my keys
    November 5, 2013

    Congratulations to the Flamboyant Group on your achievement, special thanks to Rosette for establishing this group, saying thank you is not just enough but it is coming from deep within, we appreciate every thing that you do for our young people and not only that, you are an all rounder, involve in all community activities, Rosette we are very thankful for your contributions in community development and people’s development. We ask God to give you a crown. We Love You Tazette!

  7. T mama
    November 5, 2013

    Congrats to all the Awardees…continue your creative work…

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