Twelve years ago today, Shane Powell helped form Bermuda Squad Dance group, which was formed to provide a fun and positive outlet to youth in the back-of-town and Middletown areas.
Mr. Powell told TNN’s Trevor Lindsay that providing this positive outlet to kids and helping find their natural passion for dance, along with trying to keep the legacy of one of his closest friends,
Taylor “Taylor Made” Grier, alive and well. Mr. Grier was shot dead on Court Street late at night on July 27, 2018.
“ Taylor is not gone, he lives on,” Mr. Powell said. “ Every shirt I wear, the entire movement of everything that I do, he is right next to me.”
Mr. Powell believes that the island is currently at an all-time low in terms of community unity and thinks that true unity at this time will take more than just cricket, dance or football.
“ [Unity on this island] will take everyone using their platforms as a whole to reach these youths,” he said. “ We have got to start from the bottom and work our way up.”
24 dancers from the squad will be participating in the Bermuda Day parade on Friday, May 27. Mr. Powell will be running and hosting the group as they parade through the city.
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