Gibraltar's National Dance Team return to the Rock with 10 medals

Gibraltar’s National Dance Team recently participated in the Dance World Cup in Portugal and have returned to the Rock with six silver and four bronze medals.

The Gibraltar National Dance Team recently returned from the Dance World Cup held in Braga, Portugal, between from Friday 28th June to Saturday 6th July 2019. The National Team was composed of 54 dancers, and choreographers for this project included: Chantelle Azzopardi, Paulette Finlayson Napoli, Genyka Celecia Bolaños, Jade Federico-Marzan, Sabrina Abudharham, Lauren Montero and Lillian Montero.

The dancers selected for the Dance World Cup all qualified from the Gibraltar International Dance Festival and competed against over 6000 dancers from 53 countries. Gibraltar was represented in the Mini Kids, Children, Junior and Adult divisions and successfully returned home with 6 silver and 4 bronze medals.  Gibraltar ranked 19th in the Mini and Children sections, and 11th in the Junior and Senior sections, in Country Award Standings.

The competition at the Dance World Cup started strong for Team Gibraltar, as our first competitor brought home the first silver medal. Faye Gomez was awarded 2nd place, out of 19 entries, in the Children Solo Jazz B, choreographed by Lillian and Lauren Montero. 

In the Mini Solo Acro A division, Sarah Hook placed 8th out of 20 entries.

The second silver medal for Gibraltar came with Lucia Guillem Hernandez who placed second in the Children solo acro B section, out of 19 entries, choreographed by Paulette Finlayson Napoli. Lucia obtained the highest mark for Team Gibraltar with 95.8%.

Janelle Hendrick & Marianne Hook placed 16th out of 21 entries in the Mini Modern & Contemporary Duet/Trio.

Anna Pecino placed 21 st , and Heaven Bocarisa 15th, out of 27 entries in Mini Modern & Contemporary Solo(A) section.

Celine Cruz and Kate Camilleri placed 17th out of 37 entries in the Children duet / trio Showdance and Jazz. 

In the Children Small Group Modern section, Gibraltar won it's first Bronze medal with a piece entitled Hideaway, performed by Anna Jimenez, Brianna Trinidad, Joelle Figueras, Jyra Hendrick, Katie Bado, Nathan Villalba and Yuval Lahav. This was choreographed, by Lillian and Lauren Montero. 

In the Mini duet/trio Jazz & Showdance, Gibraltar got their third silver medal as Ella Hurtado & Heaven Bocarisa placed 2nd out of 34 entries, choreographed, by Lillian and Lauren Montero. Anna Pecino, Marianne Hook and Janelle Hendrick placed 9th in the same category. Diamond Dalli placed 13th out of 20 entries, in the Mini Solo Ballet(B) division.

In the Children Small Group Jazz and Showdance section, Gibraltar placed 9th out of 30 entries, with a piece entitled Let’s Nacho, performed by Bella Weir, Ella Hurtado, Heaven Bocarisa, Megan Wink, Mia Hook, Molly Taylor and Sophie Crosskey.  

Birds Of Rio placed 25th out of 30 entries, performed by Anna Pincho, Celine Cruz, Emma Chipolina, Juliana Martin, Kate Camilleri, Natalie Chipolina. 

In the Mini Duet/Trio Acro Dance, The Crazy Frogs placed 11th out of 19 entries, performed by Ella Gaiviso, Kate Camilleri, And Sarah Hook. Anna Jimenez placed 13th out of 30 entries in the Children Ballet Repertoire Solo section. Ella Hurtado placed 4th of 26 entries in Mini solo jazz & showdance (A).

In the Mini solo jazz & showdance (B), Sophie Crosskey came 8th , and Anna Pincho placed 10th out of 25 entries. The second Bronze medal for Team Gibraltar came when Nathan Villalba placed 3rd of 8 entries in Children Modern & Contemporary Solo Boys section, choreographied by Lillian and Lauren Montero.

Anna Jimenez placed 8th , Juliana Martin came 24th and Celine Cruz came 26th out of 34 entries in the Children Modern & Contemporary Solo (A).
Megan Wink placed 13th out of 21 entries in the Children showdance solo (A) section. 

In the Children Song & Dance section, Molly Taylor placed 11th, Joelle Figueras 13th, and Kate Williamson 18th out of 26 entries. Noa Mauro placed 15th out of 23 entries, in the Children Hip hop, Streetdance and commercial class A.

In the Children Hip hop, Streetdance and commercial class B section, Nathan Villalba placed 7th and Brianna Trinidad placed 13th out of 26 entries.
Megan Wink, Molly Taylor, Sophie Crosskey placed 32nd out of 50 entries in the Children Duet/Trio Modern & Contemporary section. 

In the Junior Small Group Jazz & Showdance, You’ll Find A Way placed 5th of 32 groups, and was performed Amber Chichon, Amy Wink, Ayla Santos Pizarro, Emma Rocca, Faye Gomez, Isabella Wink and Sarah Wood. 

In the Senior Solo Acro Dance category, Louise Britto placed 7th out of 9 competitors.

In the Senior Solo Modern section, Louise Britto placed 14th, and Janis Jackson placed 4th out of 29 entries. 

In the Senior Modern and Contemporary Duet & Trio, Eva Collinson and Stella Bosano placed 25th , Lauren Montero, Janis Jackson & Chelsie Victor placed 20th , and Louise Britto and Alanna Bonavia placed 7th out of 33 entries. 

In the Adult Senior Solo Street Dance and Commercial, Eva Collinson placed 14th out of 25 entries. 

Gibraltar took its fourth silver medal with Amy Wink who placed 2nd of 24 entries, in the Junior Solo Modern & Contemporary (A) section, choreographed by Lillian and Lauren Montero. Chenille Soiza Brown placed 20th in the same category. 

Faye Gomez & Emma Rocca have placed 6th of 36 entries, in the Junior Duet/Trio Jazz & Showdance category.

In the Junior Solo Hip Hop, Street Dance & Commercial, Johan Tante has placed 12th out of 24 entries.

Gibraltar won its fifth silver medal at the Dance World Cup, with Isabella Wink who placed 2nd of 29 entries in the Junior Acro Solo, choreographed by Lillian and Lauren Montero.  Emma Rocca placed 5th out of 20 entries in the Junior Jazz Solo (A). 

In the Senior Small Group Modern (including Lyrical and Contemporary), Team Gibraltar placed 6th out of 29 entries, with “See The Colour”, performed by Alanna Bonavia, Courtney Edwards, Eva Kate Collinson, Gianne Rodriguez, Janella Johnson and Louise Britto. In the same section, “Never Good Enough”, placed 12th, and this was performed by Alanna Bonavia, Gianne Rodriguez, Louise Britto, Megan Rodriguez and Sarah Montovio.  Team Gibraltar achieved its third bronze medal with Sarah Wood, Ayla Santos Bizarro, Isabella Wink who placed 3rd out of 39 Junior Modern & Contemporary Duet/Trío, choreographed by Lillian and Lauren Montero. In the same category, Nathan Villalba, Amy Wink and Anna Jimenez placed 5th .

Arabian Nights placed 7th out of 21 entries in the Junior Large Group Showdance category. This was performed by Amber Chichon, Anna Jimenez, Amy Wink, Ayla Santos Pizarro, Diamond Dalli, Ella Hurtado, Emma Rocca, Faye Gomez, Brianna Trinidad, Heaven Bocarisa, Isabella Wink, Joelle Figueras, Jyra Hendrick, Kate Williamson, Katie Bado, Megan Wink, Mia Hook, Nathan Villalba, Sarah Wood, Sophie Crosskey and Yuval Lahav! 

Gibraltar won its sixth silver medal when Eva Collinson placed 2nd in the Senior Solo Contemporary section, out of 23 entries, choreographed by Jade Federico Marzan.  Gibraltar won its fourth bronze medal, when Janis Jackson placed 3rd out of 22 entries in the Senior Solo Jazz category, choreographed by Lillian and Lauren Montero. 

In the Junior Small Group Modern (including Lyrical and Contemporary) section, Gibraltar placed 6th out of 40 groups, with “The Last Light” performed by  Janella Johnson, Julianne Rodriguez, Liyah Tante, Niah Guilling, Noelle Cassano and Sarah Montovio. Chenille Soiza Brown placed 12th out of 31 entries in the Junior Showdance Solo section. Amy Wink placed 9th out of 25 entries in the Junior Solo Ballet (non-repertoire) section.
Lauren Montero, Janis Jackson & Chelsie Victor placed 6th out of 26 entries in Senior jazz & showdance duet/trio section. 

GNDO President Wendy Garro said:

‘The Dance World Cup in Portugal has been a great experience, and all of Team Gibraltar had great performances, full of passion and precision, as they gave their all over the seven days we competed. The competition was of a high standard, and the calibre of the over 6000 dancers from 53 countries from around the world was evident in all categories, with over 2000 choreographies being performed at this event.  For our national team to perform in the professional theatre, was a real treat.  Our dancers could enjoy dance genres we are not regularly exposed to, such as National and Folklore and Tap dance. Even in the categories where we have more experience in competing, such as Show Dance & Jazz, and Modern & Contemporary, we could appreciate very different and original work, which makes this trip not only a competition for Team Gibraltar, but most importantly, an educational and inspiring experience. I take this opportunity to thank all the sponsors and most importantly Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar, the Ministry for Culture, Gibraltar Cultural Services, MO Productions, and the Cultural Grants Committee for making our participation a reality.’

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