St. Thomas carnival

Group Title: Dateline : UVI
Title: Dateline : UVI. Vol. x. No. 5.
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Title: Dateline : UVI. Vol. x. No. 5.
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Language: English
Creator: University of the Virgin Islands.
Affiliation: University of the Virgin Islands
Publisher: University of the Virgin Islands.
Publication Date: 12/26/2004
Subject: Caribbean   ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States Virgin Islands
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May 25, 2004 vol x, number 5

Sold-Out Starfest 10 Wows Audience

Starfest 10
started with a bang
and ended with abang,
leaving audiences ask-
ing what could possi-
bly top this year's per-
formance. Starfest,
the variety-styled
show produced annu-
ally by the University
of the Virgin Islands
Reichhold Center for
the Arts, was held on
May 8, 9 and 16. Starfest is so Left to right: Ashlee Douglas,
much more than a talent show it Liburd perform. Bottom: the
is an entire production where ev- forms.
erything is at its best from the
performers, to the stage, to the
lights. And the dancers can rival
those of Las Vegas.
Pop DivaWhitney Houston got
favorable play as Kmisha Counts
and Besha Liburd, the two open-
ing acts, belted out some of her
most populartunes. A confident 11-
year-old Ashlee Douglas took the
stage, not missing a note as she sang the theme song from the
Lizzie McGuire Movie. Douglas' powerful voice was rewarded
with rousing applause.
Starfest 10 was dramatically improved by video biographies,
portions of which were taken as the performers went about their
day-to-day activities, which afforded viewers a glimpse into the
performers' lives.
Soyika Richardson gave an enchanting performance as she
executed complicated ragtime pieces on the piano. The white
lights of the blue set design danced as she played. Richardson
also played classical tunes to the audience's delight. Guitarist
Scott Fagan performed an original composition, '"The V.I. Song,"
as scenes and people of the Virgin Islands were displayed on a
50 by 24-foot screen.
Things got hot as Attallah Bertrand performed Beyonce's
"Naughty Girl." The performance was complete with caged


The Starfest 10
dancers performed a
wide range of move-
ments, including hip-
hop, praise and wor-
ship, disco and jazz -
even breaking out into
pantomime. The
dancers were ener-
getic and graceful.
A moving gospel
segment featuring
Vietta Ann
tarfest 10 Dancers andBesha Hutchinson, Klint Constantine and
iale quintet All the Way per- Kareem Harrigan took the audi-
ence into intermission. But it was
the energy of the St. Croix Festi-
val Road March Champs Xtaushun
that brought the audience back af-
ter intermission. Avigorous perfor-
mance ofthe group's calypso tunes
set the pace for the second half of
the show. The hip-hop segment that
followed featured No Mercy along
with chanter/rapper Lenea "Lady
Souljah" Industrious. The male
quintet "All the Way" was an audience favorite. Code Blue danc-
ers drew gasps from the audience as they flipped, jumped and
danced in a dynamic performance.
Chronicling a decade ofperformances, highlights from pre-
vious Starfests were shown on the screen between segments.
The sold-out shows on May 8 and 9 prompted the Reichhold
Center to hold an encore performance the following Sunday.
Reichhold director and Starfest creator David Edgecombe fore-
casts an even better Starfest 11. We'll be waiting.

May25-June6 Global Leaders Institute STT
May 25-26 Student Affairs Workshop STT
May 26, 27 Diversity Workshops STX
May 27 NLM Workshop

UVI Wins Big at St. Thomas Carnival

Perhaps it was
the colorful cos-
tumes, the well
thought out themes
or the dance rou-
tines. Perhaps it was
a combination of all.
No matter the rea-
sons, the UVI fam-
ily is celebrating be-
cause its floupe in
this year's St. Tho-
mas CarnivalAdults' Top: Adults Parade. Left to right: An "Aft
Parade won first Harrigan. A "Greco-Roman" reveler Bot
place and its 4-H studentfrom the Family Life Center Pan P
troupe in the her way up the road. St. Thomas Carnival
Children's Parade
won second place. ri
The floupe in the
Adult's entry was
themed "Knowledge,
Culture and More for
Carnival 2004" and de-
picted the various cul-
tures that contributed
to the knowledge of
the region. Red raffia
skirts and beaded red
neck pieces depicted
the Dogons of Mali, white togas and purple and
gold gladiator costumes depicted the Greco-Ro-
mans and orange and black skirts with the match-
ing triangular neck pieces depicted the local Tainos. On the float
was a brain that symbolized knowledge.
The Cooperative Extension's 4-H won double accolades.
The 4-H's Monetrick Olive and Kahlid Blyden won the Junior

ican" troupe member Miss UVIAlba
tom: Childrens 'Parade. Left to right: A
anthers performs. A 4-H reveler makes
Junior King ofthe BandKahlidBlyden.

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Photos Courtesy of Gary
Metz and Dale Morton.

Queen and King of
the Band, respec-
tively. Olive's cos-
tume portrayed a fan
dancer. Rose pat-
terned lace, fabric
trimmed with frills,
and gold lame made
up Olive's 4-foot high
and 8-foot wide fan
Blyden's cos-
tume portrayed
Pancho, a little Mexi-
can boy who stands to
guard the sign (South
of the Border) be-
tween North and
South Carolina.
Pancho's magical hat
grows larger and
larger as the sun gets
hotter. Blyden's
golden costume was 8
feet wide.
UVI's Family
Life Center Pan Pan-
thers gave impressive
performances in both
the Pan Jamboree and
the Children's Parade.

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