El Talento Infantil took place on Friday in the sports hall of a Bocas school. Groups of children from primary schools from all the different islands came to take part and there was a lot of support from parents and other relatives. I went because the class I volunteer with on Solarte were going and they said I should come along to support. Most of the groups either sang or danced, and you could tell they’d put a lot of effort into making the costumes.
These guys did a dance called “el patito” (“the little duck”):
This was one of the groups who did a traditional dance:
Then there was the sailor dance:
This group sung a song about childhood and being happy etc:
This was another traditional dance. Notice the white girl!!! Her sister was in another group so I’m guessing her family moved here for business or something so they go to school here:
This was a different type of traditional costume:
These are the girls from my school doing modelling:
…Then Rafael sang a song while the girls danced behind him:
There was a DJ playing the backing tracks for all the performances, which were really bad quality and the music kept cutting out in the middle of the songs/dances but thankfully it would come back on again after a few seconds. I don’t actually know if it was a competition, and if so who won, but it doesn’t matter because everyone had a good time. My favourite dances were the traditional ones and I think it’s really cool that they know about the traditions from such a young age.