The public got a first glimpse of the seven contestants vying for the title of Miss Teen Dominica 2016 during the official launching ceremony held at the Arawak House of Culture on Wednesday.
The contestants (see ab0ve from left to right) are Tiffany Eloi of the Portsmouth Secondary School sponsored by Ross University School of Medicine; Tatyana Dangleben representing Convent High School, sponsored by Bull’s Eye Pharmacy; Emelda Boston of the Dominica Grammar School sponsored by Petro Caribe; Marcella Green representing the Goodwill Secondary School sponsored by Cadrec; Lisa Samuel or the St Martin’s Secondary School sponsored by New India Assurance Co. Ltd; Nadege Barber representing the Isaiah Thomas Secondary School sponsored by Dominica Lotteries Commission and Natorah Francis of the Pierre Charles Secondary School sponsored by P.H Williams & Co Ltd.
They will compete in five segments including, Speech, Spectacular Creation, Talent, Evening Wear and Question and Answer during the show to be held on Sunday, January 31 at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium Forecourt from 5:00 pm.
The show is being organized by the Waitikubuli Dance Theatre and its artistic director, Raymond Lawrence, who was addressing the launching ceremony, said the pageant is about youth talent and youth dreams.
“It’s a showcase of talent and skills of our young people and it’s a wonderful opportunity for the youth of Dominica to shine,” he said. “It helps the young girls develop their speaking, modelling and performing skills and it also helps them to develop their sense of self-confidence and self-esteem.”
According to him, the pageant provides a stepping stone for young girls to go on to bigger pageants if they are so desire, “like the Miss Dominica pageant.”
Furthermore, he stated, the show should not be seen so much as a competition, “but as a celebration of the talent of our youth.”
“We should applaud and encourage them because they are all winners for taking part in the show,” Lawrence stated.
He encouraged the contestants to focus more on what they have gained from taking part in the competition in terms of experience, rather than on whether their school wins or doesn’t win.
“We should use the teen pageant as an opportunity to develop a greater spirit of sportsmanship and those who placed or don’t place should congratulate each other,” he advised.
The 45th anniversary celebrations of the Waitikubuli Dance Theatre was also launched on Wednesday.
“In fact the activities started this past Sunday at the St Alphonsus Catholic Church where we held a thanksgiving church service and this afternoon’s launch is another one of the activities,” Lawrence noted.
He said the group is also preparing for its annual dance production to be held at the Arawak House of Culture on April 2.
“The Waitikubuli Dance Theatre has organized competitions for children in costumes as part of Carnival, including the teen pageant which this year is the 39th edition,” he remarked.
Even in the challenging financial times that Dominica is faced with following the passage of Tropical Storm Erika, Lawrence said, a number of sponsors have already came on board to sponsor the event.
He thanked the sponsors and the public for their continued support over the years.
Tickets cost $15 for children and $20 for adults.
The reigning Miss Teen Dominica is Lecresha Wallace.
The pageant will be held under the theme: “Celebrating the Dream”