Jamaican dancers rock the show at Bali Spirit Festival

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Jamaican culture was on show at the 11th Bali Spirit Festival which was held April 2-8 in Ubud, Indonesia. The week-long event again focused on things spiritual, with yoga, music and dance the dominant themes.

Dancer Latonya Style, singer Jah'Mila Smith and yoga teacher Nadine McNeil formed the Jamaican presence at the festival. McNeil, who spends much of her time in Indonesia, has been involved with the Bali Spirit Festival since it was first held in 2011.

She conducted one of the well-attended yoga classes and played a key role in the International Women's Circle which started proceedings.

Style brought dancehall to the festival for the first time. She performed a number of choreographed moves in her daily classes which were well received, in addition to the dances that made dancehall icons Bogle and Ice famous. She did her Bumpa Twerkout, a mix of the Booty Shake and Twerk, that was popular in the United States two years ago.

Smith went to the Bali Spirit Festival as the 2018 awardee for the Jamaica-Indonesia Residency Program for Emerging Artists. Her two-week study visit was arranged by Professor Michael Morrissey.

A recording artiste for over 10 years, she performed alongside two world music acts: DJ Raio on April 5 and Sebatierra and The Earthkeepers on April 7.

Positive response to the Jamaican experience was the most satisfying aspect of her time in Indonesia.