Ghana Dance Industry Awards 2021 Honors Legends

Last week Saturday 30th of January, 2021 at the Aviation Social Centre in Accra, Ghanaian dance legends Adjetey Sowah, Akosua Agyapong, Reggie Rockstone, Terry Bright Ofosu, among 20 other dance personalities and institutions, were honored at the maiden edition of the Ghana Dance Industry Awards (GHADI Awards). According to the Founder of the event Robert Klah, the main purpose of the Ghana Dance Industry Awards was to celebrate both individuals and institutions which have championed the development of ‘Dance’ in Ghana for a very long time.

Speaking to the media, the Founder of the Ghana Dance Industry Awards Robert Klah, stated that though this year’s edition focused on honoring excellence in dance in Ghana, subsequent editions will involve competitive categories. “The purpose of the awards is to honour the dance icons and stakeholders who have contributed to the development of dance over the years. However, in addition to honoring other dance icons and industry stakeholders, we will feature competitive categories to enable the recognition of the best dance artistes and celebration of excellence year on year”, he said.

Honorees were picked from the various sectors of the dance industry and celebrated for works done. Some of them were James Parker of Apex Ballroom Dance with over 14 years of ballroom dance experience, Lumo Bortei-Doku with 2 decades of Afro-Latin dance in Ghana, Salsa and Kizomba icon Ricci Boateng among others. Other dance forms which were acknowledged at the event were ‘street dance’, Ghanaian traditional and other contemporary dance forms.

Among some of the notable recipients of the awards were the ‘National Dance Company’, ‘Ghana Dance Ensemble’, and the dance department of the ‘School of Performing Arts’ at the University of Ghana-Legon. Beverage giant Malta Guinness was also recognized for their investments in the development of ‘Street Dance’.

Some of the guests at the event were the President of the Creative Arts Agency of Ghana Mark Okraku Mantey, Acting Board Chair of the National Theatre Nana Fredua-Agyeman Ofori-Atta, Former Artistic Director of the ‘National Dance Company’ Nii Tete Yartey, Head of Dance Department of the ‘School of Performing Arts’ S. Kuwor, and other personalities from various dance communities in Ghana.

By Jerry Wonder

See Full List of Honorees:

1) James Parker
2) Lumo Bortei-Doku
3) Ricci Boateng
4) Luumva Laryea & Beatrice Danquah
5) Heroz Dance Crew
6) 4Bent Dance Crew
7) High Spirit Dance Crew
8) Kyses Studios
9) Worship in Motion
10) Divinity Blazers
11) National Dance Company
12) Ghana Dance Ensemble
13) Dance Department of the School of Performing Arts (UG-Legon)
14) Malta Guinness
15) Shekoross
16) Hon. Dzifa Gomashie
17) Fuse ODG
18) Incredible Zigi
19) Ezuntey Flex
20) DWP Academy
21) Dancegod Lloyd
22) Afrobeast
23) Mr. shawtyme
24) Yoofi Greene

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