I was fortunate to have had such an experience in Bermuda. I came to Bermuda and for the four years plus I was there. So I dive head first into the Bermudian culture. I understood that one can only be effective in a community if one understand the culture and get to know the people. I got to know the culture and the talents that contribute to the culture from which germinated the rich heritage that Bermuda possesses. My interest was peaked as a professional and as well as for the following reasons:
I have an over heighten sense of curiosity; hence some of my Bermudian friends referred to me as being porky. I could not take offence because it was the truth.
I was involved in the arts in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, my participation in the national dance festival and other dance production had once earn me the nomination of best male dancer.
I was also a Gospel artist back in the day, performing in all the biggest gospel concerts alongside the biggest regional and international artist.
I have written and recorded many songs for different. Gospel, calypso, Christmas carol etc.
What troubled me however was the lack of story telling that was embedded in the performances. The Gombey troop presents freestyle dancing. Free style dancing is where a dance troop give individual dancers the spotlight to express there impromptu creative skills.
This aspect of dance is missing from the Gombey presentation. Each troop need to come up with several concepts that they will portray in their presentation. They must name the concepts, choreograph formations and moves and arrange music to match that concept. Such music can be arranged without infringing on the uniqueness of the troops individual drum style and rhythm.
Some simple concepts the troops can bang about are:
Choosing a chief: where eligible elders compete for the head/chief of the tribe
Battle for the bride: where eligible bachelors vie for the right to choose the best female for his bride.
The victory dance: a dance to celebrate a victory over the enemy (what ever enemy it was).
The death dance: a dance to celebrate the life of a falling elder, chief etc.
The War Dance etc.
There are many more concepts that can be explored. This can have many advantages especially in the tourism industry such as:
develop the tourist product
make the dance more marketable
develop new music style (that is unique to Bermuda)
enhances the musicians creative abilities