PARTIALLY impaired students from the Fiji School for the Blind won three awards at the Kula dance competition last Friday.
As the overall winners, they beat 17 other schools and took home the awards for Most Popular School, which is determined purely by audience response; Judges Special Commendation Award; and an individual award for little Sabina Moce as Best Female Dancer.
MASTI Arts & Dance Group spent weeks training the students and did so for the simple pleasure of the experience.
Their aim had been to showcase the talents of the children and to boost their confidence in the process.
The overwhelming success of the dance was therefore a welcome surprise and an additional joy for all involved.
The performance opened with one student, who is fully blind, reciting a poem. This carried the message that the students can see through the eyes of love from others.
The main body of the routine then incorporated a cane dance to the song I Believe I Can from the film Honey.
This was a fitting choice as its lyrics encourage the belief that anything is possible as long as you have hope, faith, determination and confidence. This was followed by an island number, and then a Bollywood item, with the finale song as Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, which is a song of celebration.
The costumes were created by Sachin Kumar and incorporated a fusion of bula material and Bollywood style.
"It truly is a win for us as well! These visually impaired kids are wonderful!" choreogrephar Amit Ashween Chand told The Fiji Times.
The Fiji Society for the Blind has hosted a special lunch in celebration of the victory, which saw the children reunited with their choreographer and their awards.