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A new performing arts group is set to entertain Bermuda after its hopes of taking part in the Labour Day celebrations in Brooklyn were scuppered.

The Bermuda Triangle AllStars brings together top band musicians, majorettes, dancers and Gombeys, who will showcase their talents during the Bermuda Labour Day Parade.

“We are looking to incorporate each part of our group for the parade,” co-director Tawana Fox told The Royal Gazette.

“We will be doing the march along Front Street and once we arrive at Union Square we will be the first performers to go on.”

Ms Fox said about 30 members of the group had hoped to represent Bermuda in a three-day drum line competition in Brooklyn Commons as part of the Caribbean Fashion, Food, Art and Music Fair.

They were also looking to take part in the West Indian American Day Carnival Association celebrations on September 5. However, the funding for the trip fell through.

“They were disappointed,” Ms Fox said.

“But we did express to them that this group isn't a one time thing. It's long-term.”

She said the group was now “pretty excited” about taking part in the local Labour Day celebrations, despite many of the group members having performed in the parade before.

“They are enthusiastic about it. As a new group it's a little bit different.”

Ms Fox, who is also the director of the Pembroke Hamilton Club Majorettes and Drum Corp, teamed up with fellow performing arts group leaders Dennis Parsons and Cher-Ann Brangman to form the group in July. They wanted to create a national performing arts group consisting of a full band, majorettes, dancers and Gombeys that can represent Bermuda locally and at international events.

“We're selecting people who are in the performing arts who are doing really well,” Ms Fox explained.

She added that this gives other local groups a chance to attract more performers while giving those who want to be at the top of their game something to work towards.

Ms Fox said the Bermuda Tri-AllStars also hope to be able to provide their group members more opportunities to perform overseas and increase their exposure.

The group had its debut performance at the A.F. Smith back-to-school fair two weeks ago, and it is now inviting performing arts groups in Bermuda to suggest some of their top performers who would be good candidates to join. While no age limit has been set, Ms Fox said they are particularly seeking to attract performers who are of high school age.

“We're looking to become a charity and move forward as a national performing arts group representing Bermuda,” Ms Fox said, adding that they are also looking for more sponsors.

For more information, contact the Bermuda Tri-Allstars at allstarsbda@gmail.com or visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BTAllstars/?ref=br_rs

Music and dance: the Bermuda Triangle AllStars' debut performance at the AF Smith back-to-school fair this month (Photograph supplied)
Talent showcase: the Bermuda Triangle AllStars' debut performance at the AF Smith back-to-school fair this month (Photograph supplied)

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Published August 25, 2016 at 9:00 am (Updated August 25, 2016 at 4:44 am)

Tuning up for the big parade

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