Interntional Dancehall Queen Kicks off Tonight


DancehallQueenA.jpgAll roads lead to Pier One tonight as the 10th staging of the International Dancehall Queen event kicks off. And it promises to be a big one, almost as international in scope as the United Nations. Big Head Promotions is anticipating the largest ever complement of dancers with contestants drawn from the USA, Japan, Canada, Italy, Germany, Trinidad, Barbados and England.

So far, more than 40 dancers have been confirmed to participate in the event, which will be held at Pier One in Montego Bay tomorrow.
Another major feature of this year's staging of the event will be awarding a scholarship valued $100,000 to a needy relative of last year's Dancehall Queen winner, Shanique Taylor. Taylor died earlier this year from pemphigus, a rare skin disease, even though there were newspaper reports that suggested that she had died as a result of "obeah".

The Dancehall Queen Contest started 10 years ago as a small community show. Since then, it has grown into an international event, attracting scores of entrants from other countries. Red Label recently inked a three-year sponsorship deal with the organizers of the contest. The deal is reportedly worth $6.6 million and the contract period will end in 2008.

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