By Kerry Mc Donald. Specialist, Venom, Twister and Freeze. What do these names have in common? You may be wondering if it’s the alternative names for the cast members of X-men or Avengers. Well, incorrect. Replace this thought with the drive to succeed and lively and creative dance moves, and you will get the energetic dance group – Electric Breakers. Because of the group’s energy and daring stunts, Enrico Hyasent (Specialist), one of the groups’s founding members decided that Electric Breakers will be a suitable name for the group.
Apart from Enrico who actually promotes the young men along with a couple of other persons, the group consists of three persons – Aaron Charles (Venom), Kotis Esdelle (Twister) and Kirt Esdelle (Freeze). The group which has been in existence since 2002 is from the quiet community of Orangefield Road, Carapichaima.
Initially, there were six members in the dance group, however, with change comes separation. Some of the members moved on to focus on other commitments.
Electric Breakers: the dance instructors
All in their early 20s, the dynamic trio are also dance instructors at Electric Breakers Dance Against Crime Academy (EBDACA). The academy conducts dance classes at the Chaguanas indoor facility. Practice is done twice per week and once there is an event they would devote more time each week. When they have to participate in events, the students from EBDACA complement the dance group well as they are included with them.
Besides their hectic dance schedule, Aaron is a dance instructor at Eugene Joseph Dance Theatre, Kotis is employed at Raghunanan Group of Companies, and Kirt is pursuing his degree in Computing and Information Systems at School of Business and Computer Science (SBCS).
Regular dance practice has paid off as they are the winners of the Trinidad and Tobago Hip-Hop Dance Championship and have held this title for five consecutive years.
The young men will be travelling to San Diego, California in August 2015 to take part in the World Hip-Hop Dance Championship where dance crews from various parts of the world will compete.
Kirt gives his views about this momentous event, “This trip is a big challenge for us. As dancers you always seek recognition. A title says all and competition on an international level is quite tough. Seeing and interacting with so many dancers on such a broad spectrum give you that joy and inspiration to push yourself beyond limits to reach the next level.”
The guys look up to international dance groups Quest Crew from USA, Jingo from Korea, and Brotherhood from Canada. And local dance groups Unstoppable4ce United and UBDC. They highly admire the crews for their extravagant routines and swag.
Adding to their lists of achievements the group were backup dancers for Machel Montano for eight years and participated in local shows such as Boom Champions Soca School Tour, Scounting for Talent, and B-mobile Dance Off, just to name a few.
Electric Breakers: “Party Time, the show everyone looked forwarded to for local talent.”
Kirt attributes some of their success to Heaven “Snakey” Charles who is brother and uncle to the members of Electric Breakers. Snakey is also in the entertainment arena and is known for his catchy and hypnotic 2014 release “The Dhoti Song” and in 2015 “Cyah Rhyme”. Snakey’s advice to them, “Give it your all, give it your best, never give up, make sure your supporters are pleased, and keep loving what you do because it’s your God-given talent.”
Noteworthy is the annual “Dance Against Crime” show held in December. The show has received tremendous response from persons within and beyond central Trinidad. The show envisioned by Enrico was an avenue for the guys to demonstrate their talent. Due to perseverance and persistence, the show has been around for ten years.
Reminiscing on the days of “Party Time” Kirt said, “This is the show everyone looked forwarded to for local talent.”
When they were ready to participate, the show was replaced with “Party Flavor”. They still got the golden opportunity to represent. They were no longer a secret as Trinidad and Tobago was now aware of Electric Breakers.
The team is independently funded and maintained. They are also sponsored by businesses and family members who are their biggest critics.
The group’s future plans are to enhance and expand the dance academy throughout Trinidad and Tobago for the upliftment of youths and create the possibility for dancers to display their abilities.
Kirt’s advice to persons with intentions of forming a dance crew, “Go right ahead, it’s a beautiful way to use your body, it keeps you away from idleness and it keeps you fit and healthy. Despite the sleepless nights and injury attempting certain moves, with endurance it pays off.”
Readers may visit the group’s Facebook page – Electric Breakers, send them an email at email@example.com, or call 764-5031, 722-0364, or 781-5369.
August 2015 – Issue 17 www.sweettntmagazine.com
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