It was an almost stunned audience that witnessed a Japanese dance group winning this year's World Reggae Dance Championship in the midst of them celebrating Jamaica 50 at the National Stadium parking lot on Saturday night. When the results were announced at the end of the show, the audience was somewhat silent with only a few celebrating the victory of Japan Squad that had given a commendable performance earlier in the night.
Taking the stage after several other groups, the squad entertained patrons as they showed a good grasp of Jamaican dance moves.
In green, black and yellow school uniforms, they extended their bodies and gave an energetic performance. The group ended the piece with a 'Happy 50th' banner accompanied by confetti.
Rounding out the top three were Untouchable Squad (second) and Unstoppable Squad that came in third.
A number of sectional prizes were also given out on the night. Flava Expressions and Black Eagle tied for the Best Rural Group; Unstoppable Squad and Untouchable Squad were also tied for the Best Urban Group; Untouchable Squad got Best Costume; Japan Squad claimed Best International Group and Exclusive Dancers was named Most Disciplined Group.