Miss La Reine Rive crowned
By SEETA PERSAD Monday, September 9 2013
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MINISTER AND THE LADIES: Minister of Community Development Winston 'Gypsy' Peters is surrounded by the lovely La Reine Rive Queen contestants at the P...
The Pirme Minister’s Best Village Trophy competition marked its 50th anniversary in grand style at the Queens Park Savannah on Saturday night. The ‘Le Grande Z’Affaire’ (grand finale) saw performances by the country’s best in the art of dance, music and drama.
The final show for 2013 saw 20 delegates of the Miss La Reine Rive parade before the judges in evening gown. In the end the dancing damsel Anissa Ali Trimurti Dance Company was crowned Miss La Reine Rive 2013.
Ali who represented the Trimurti Dance Company in the county of Victoria East also won “Best Evening Gown’’ and “Most Original Gown”.
This is also a the third win at the La Reine Rive for queen-maker Michael Salickram. Known for his breath-taking choreography with the bmobile Shiv Shakti Dance Company, Salickram was responsible for producing the 2006 Best Village queen Katana Rambodh and the 2007 winner Sarah Barran. “I think this competition is unique in the sense that is not just about being a beauty queen but about representing people and their culture,” Salikram said.
He celebrated 29 years in dance at a recent show at Divali Nagar, Chaguanas.
Today he has hundreds of students who attend weekly dance classes at ten venues in TT and has built a name for himself as the best in business of Indian dance. An overjoyed Ali said she worked hard during the competition and was happy to “bring home” the title for the Trimurti Dancers and Victoria East.
The overall winners this year went to two villages- Ah We People International and Malik Folk Performers. Other winners include: 5th - Shanice John of Malick Folk Performing Company; 4th- Zuwena Giselle James - Point Fortin East Secondary; 3rd- Patrice Thomas - Nationwide Cultural Performers (Pleasantville) 2nd place went to Rosemarie Mitchell of Ah We People Theatrical Horizon. Best Hair Style went to Danielle Balroop from Michelle Pilgrim Dance Forever.
Sade Parks of Five Rivers Community Council Cultural Caravan won two trophies - Best Talent contest and Best Self Expression. Best Make-Up went to Ariel Douglas of Diego Martin Footprints.
Minister of Community Development, Winston Peters received loud “boos” from the audience when he decided to take centre stage and do his ex-tempo.
Minister Peters in his speech to the audience said, over the fifty-year period Best Village has churned out scores of stars for the national and international stages. “I hope we can do better in marketing our culture on the international stage in the future,” he said. The Tobago Heritage Committee gave a tremendous performance in drumming, drama dancing and singing.
Also taking to the stage to do their winning numbers were Malik Folk Performers and North West Laventille.