Akosua Agyapong, Reggie Rockstone, Fuse ODG receive GHADI awards for promoting Ghanaian aesthetic dance
Dance legends, Adjetey Sowah, Akosua Agyapong, Reggie Rockstone, and Terry Bright Ofosu were honoured at the maiden edition of the Ghana Dance Industry Awards (GHADI Awards) held in Accra on Saturday.
Other 20 dance personalities including United Kingdom (UK) based Ghanaian musician Fuse ODG, Incredible Zigi and institutions were also recognised at the event for promoting Ghana’s dance in outside countries.
The event which was organised by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Dancetera, Robert Klah was also supported by Dancers and DanceSport Association of Ghana (DDASPAG), Rhythms Africa, Multimix Media and powered by Dancetera.
According to Mr Klah “the purpose of the awards is to honour the dance icons and stakeholders who have contributed to the development of dance over the years.”
He said honourees were picked from the various sectors of the dance industry to celebrate them for works done.
“From the couple dance community, James Parker of Apex Ballroom Dance with over 14 years of ballroom dance development and the inclusion of highlife dance; Lumo Bortei-Doku for dedicating 2 decades of his life to Afro-Latin dance in Ghana, operating Dancation International sessions; Ricci Boateng who operated Salsa in the City, Kumasi and more recently, Kizalsa in Accra, spanning 12 years of impact; the salsa duo performers Luumva Laryea & Beatrice Danquah for representing Ghana at several international festivals,” Mr Klah said.
He indicated that Heroz, 4Bent, High Spirit Dance Crew, and Kyses (all-female) Studios were honoured for projecting street dance culture at concerts, competitions, music videos, adverts, events, coaching among others, over the last decade.
Worship in Motion and Divinity Blazers were recognised for promoting urban gospel dance and inspiring many talents to dance in the church.
“The National Dance Company, Ghana Dance Ensemble, and the Dance Department of the School of Performing Arts (UG-Legon), were duly acknowledged for their roles in theatre dance.
Malta Guinness was also recognised for their investments in street dance development; Shekoross for over a decade of organising free annual street dance shows; Ms Dzifa Gomashie for supporting dance over the years at the highest office ever,” Mr Klah added.
DWP Academy took award for rising to become the most influential dance academy in Ghana, with branches in the United States of America (USA) and Asia.
Mr Klah promised that subsequent editions of the award scheme, “in addition to honouring other dance icons and industry stakeholders, will feature competitive categories to enable the recognition of the best dance artistes and celebration of excellence year on year.”
To acknowledge the importance of DanceSport, medals were presented to winners of the of the various dance competitions held during the night.
The event was climaxed with numerous performances from various dance groups and individuals including Naa Dollar and Gaza of Di ASA fame.