UWI Department of Creative and Festival Arts Hosts Dance Workshop From March 23rd

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UWI Department of Creative and Festival Arts Hosts Dance Workshop From March 23rd

The Department of Creative and Festival Arts Dance Unit at The University of the West Indies St Augustine campus will be hosting a comprehensive 10-day Secondary School Dance Workshop, featuring a blend of local and regional dance instruction.

Coordinator and Lecturer at the Dance Unit, Deboleena Paul, emphasised that diverse dance forms such as bélé, limbo, bongo, quadrille, kolattam, and nation dance will be explored, reflecting the rich cultural tapestry of the region.

While the primary target audience comprises secondary school students in forms three to five, applicants outside this age range are also welcome.

Esteemed instructors specialising in various dance styles will provide comprehensive training, encompassing theoretical understanding, practical skills, and performance techniques to uphold authenticity.

Notably, the workshop boasts the involvement of Bélé Queen and President of the National Dance Association of Trinidad and Tobago, Emelda Lynch-Griffith, among its instructors.

Ms. Paul expressed enthusiasm about this collaboration, highlighting the expertise and influence Lynch-Griffith brings to the programme.

The workshop will be divided into two parts, with a break scheduled for the Easter weekend.

It will commence on March 23rd and conclude on April 5th, 2024, with a break from March 29th to April 1st.

There will be a showcase to celebrate the participants’ achievements. Each day, sessions will run from 10 am to noon, allowing ample time for engagement and practice.

To facilitate broad participation, the registration fee for the entire workshop and showcase is set at $60TTD.

The Secondary School Dance Workshop, she added, epitomises the DCFA’s dedication to fostering cultural pride, artistic excellence, and educational opportunities within the community, ensuring a vibrant and inclusive platform for the next generation of dancers to flourish.

For more information on the workshop, visit the DCFA’s Facebook page at facebook.com/UWI.DCFA/ or contact Maria at 662 2002 extension 85458.