April 06, 2017
Bahamian talent and culture will be on full display during the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017 thanks to a new and exciting addition to the tournament’s entertainment lineup.
Local dancers from the Host Country will take to the sand with the professional beach soccer cheerleaders.
A special casting was held in Nassau in February during the CONCACAF Championship, and eight talented Bahamian dancers got the chance to audition for the opportunity of a lifetime.
Cheerleaders Coordinator Idaira Rodriguez conducted the casting in two parts. For the first part, the Bahamian dancers were taught a short choreographed piece.
To complete the auditions, the dancers were asked to “freestyle” and show off their unique styles and Bahamian rhythm.
“I was highly surprised by the outcome of the casting. I am very happy with the result, and I am looking forward to working with the girls. It will be a great experience for everyone.
I can’t wait for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup to begin!” Rodriquez said.
Cheerleader Marta Plasencia, who taught the choreography, noted that she was pleasantly surprised by the talent. “First because of the level they have and also because we saw different styles that can add a special touch and enrich the whole crew,” Plasencia said.
Cheerleader Giovanna Lee added: “I think that it will make for an explosive combination since the Bahamian girls obviously have a different look and a different dancing culture. I’m sure we will learn a lot from them.”
Bahamian Dancers Kieasha Adderley and Myrkeeva Johnson were chosen on the spot. Two additional dancers will be surprised in the coming weeks when they are added to the dance team that will compete during the tournament scheduled for April 27 - May 7. The performances will broadcast live to millions of viewers all over the world.
“It was wonderful. I am so excited to have this type of opportunity because it doesn’t come around that often since we are from such a small country.
To be chosen for something big and international like this and to be chosen right on the spot is amazing,” Johnson said.
“It was a wonderful experience! I’ve been dancing for so long and I haven’t had a chance to experience anything like this. To audition for something as big as this, I’m just very ecstatic about the opportunity,” Adderley added.
Locals now have even more reasons to attend; to enjoy the most exciting beach soccer festival in the world; to experience the highest level of talent and fancy tricks by the best 16 teams in the world; and now to cheer on the Bahamian dancers.
Admission to the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017 is free for the entire competition. VIP packages are also available for purchase. For more information, visit www.BahamasFA.com.
Senior Manager Communications
Bahamas Ministry of Tourism