‘Team Overcome’ Beats The Odds To Win Charles Chocolates Dancin’ Dynamites Season 16

We’re number 1! Team Overcome soaks up their victory after winning Season 16 of the Charles Chocolates Dancin’ Dynamites Competition.

THEY CAME, THEY SAW, THEY CONQUERED!

 They came. They Saw. They Conquered. Team Overcome secured the  top prize of over $1 million dollars in cash and prizes and the bragging rights for winning the long-awaited  Season 16 Charles Chocolates Dancin’ Dynamites 2020/2021 grand finale on Saturday. 

The journey began for the Dynamites in January 2020 with the usual launch of the season. But everything  since, has been anything but customary. Due to the pandemic, the Competition was paused to ensure the  safety of the competitors and stakeholders. As the organisers geared up for the live grand finale, news  came of Tropical Storm Elsa threatening Jamaica. As the trajectory for the system fluctuated, the  production team was busy adjusting plans to accommodate a successful staging of the event, and that  they did. 

Fearless, the four finalists Team Overcome, A1 Family, Strike Team, and Team Ovadose, were ready to put  their best foot forward for their chance to lift the winning trophy. The evening officially kicked off with  each team’s opening performances that rocked the Excelsior Community College auditorium with high  energy, and exhilarating screams from supporters who were present to witness the showdown. 

  

When the dust cleared for the evening, and all the votes were counted, Team Overcome, which is  comprised of three members – Marcel Pitter (21), Renardo Peart (26) and Paul McDermott (13), who all  hail from May Pen, Clarendon emerged the winner of the Charles Chocolates Dancin’ Dynamites  2020/2021 grand finale. In an interview, the team’s leader, Marcel Pitter said the journey to the  championship had many challenges. 

But for the group, overcoming the setbacks from the team and then COVID-19 is a part of what makes  them special. “Even when the Competition was postponed, we stayed together and pushed each other by  practicing daily and entering competitions on Instagram. We never doubted ourselves and knew from the  beginning that we were going to win so we would campaign daily up in the communities in May Pen until  about 7pm and then practice until about 1am,” he stated. 

Pitter, who entered the Competition before, but was not successful, shared that the support of the  community, family and friends went a long way in making his team’s victory a reality. “The community is  proud of us and they always motivated us even when we were practicing because they were happy that  we were representing them so well,” he added.  

Roxanne Brown, Brand Manager of Charles Chocolates, the title sponsor of the Competition for over 11  years, said she is proud to be on board to lead the sponsorship and to assist with the development of  Jamaica’s youth. “Jamaica is built on talent. We stand out in every sphere of life thanks to our tenacious  spirit and the passion we bring to everything we do,” she said. “We have some very talented young people  in our country and we are happy that Charles Chocolates has been assisting them in their personal growth  through the expression of dance and healthy competition.”  

Team Overcome (Centre) winner of the long-awaited Season 16 Charles Chocolates Dancin’ Dynamites 2020/2021 grand finale enjoys the spotlight following their victory at the Excelsior Community College on Saturday. Sharing in the moment are the Honourable Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, (3rd from right) Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, and (from left) Orville Hall, Vinnette Stephenson, Roxanne Brown, Brand Manager of Charles Chocolates, Kerry-Ann Henry, and Crystal Carby.

While viewers at home and in the audience made one last effort to give their favourite team the most  votes, Laalee and Yaksta took the stage with engaging performances that had everyone singing along and  dancing up a storm. Good timing, too, as the Charles Chocolates team had a surprise treat for those who  braved the weather to attend the grand finale – complimentary samples of their new vertical-design tablet  bar. 

When all the votes were tallied, Team Overcome copped the grand prize and a host of other awards that  exceeded $1 million; Strike Team placed 2nd and received $400,000; A1 Family received the 3rd place prize  of $200,000; and Team Ovadose walked away with the 4th place prize of $50,000. Strike Team also won  this year’s People’s Choice award, taking home a $20,000 cash prize from Charles Chocolates for bringing  their best performance every week of the competition.  

Charles Chocolates also presented an Outstanding Dynamite Award of $15,000 to Tommy Lee Dixon for  being a driving force who carries the spirit of the Competition wherever he goes. Dixon was a member of  City Dancers, the team that won the Charles Chocolates Dancin’ Dynamites Competition in 2017. He has  appeared in music videos with Ky-Mani Marley, Stefflon Don, Lil Mama, and Shane O. He built his skills by  using his prizes from the Competition, including a scholarship to the Edna Manley School of Dance, and  now he performs in over ten hotels as leader of Jam Dynamites. 

  

Commenting after the successful staging of the grand finale, Brown said the past year has seen  unprecedented challenges but she is pleased with the results. “Our event sponsors and partners are the  best. They were not deterred by the pandemic and we just want to express our deepest gratitude as we  look forward to working with them for even more explosive Charles Chocolates Dancin’ Dynamites  competitions.” 

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