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Jamaica Dance Umbrella 2013 Unfolds!

NDTC at Jamaica Dance Umbrella 2012

In celebration of their fifth anniversary, the Jamaica Dance Umbrella has brought a lot more events into its shade. The ‘umbrella’ now shelters not only three nights of dance featuring the potpourri of Jamaican dance companies, but this year also features guest performers from the United States, Cayman and Guadeloupe. The organizers have also unleashed a calendar full of panel discussions, dance workshops and have combined with the Kingston Book Festival in a marriage of movement and books.

Jamaica Dance Umbrella 2013, culminates this weekend (March 1-3) with three nights of dance at the Philip Sherlock Centre, UWI. According to a release sent out by the organizers, their calendar plays with their celebration of their fifth year in a countdown of activities, and a varied fair for dance enthusiasts.

“5 years of Jamaica’s first ever dance festival” will feature four (4) explorative dance workshops; three (3) days of the island’s best dance performances;  two (2) stimulating dance dialogues and one (1) pioneer, a Jamaican dance stalwart, Ms. Barbara Requa,” their release said. Miss Requa will be among those engaged in the Dance Dialogues: My Love Affair With Dance set to take place on Sunday, March 3 prior to the final night of performance.

Miss Requa will be a part of a panel comprising Dr. L’Antoinette Stines, Khama Phillips, Aisha Commissiong, Maria Hitchins and dance photographer Monica DaSilva. The panel, provides these dancers and choreographers space to talk about their experiences and vision for dance and presented under the patronage of the Embassy of France in Jamaica and in partnership with the Kingston Book Festival. The second dance dialogue being staged on Sunday, will be the more physical kind as Catherine Dénécy, of Urban Bush Woman, presents a 55 minute solo performance.

Friday night’s line-up includes Stella Maris Dance Ensemble, ProMoves Dance Company, University Dance Society, Vickers Ballet Academy and Khama Phillips (USA). On Saturday night, JDU will stage its gala event which will feature L'Acadco: A United Caribbean Dance Force, National Dance Theatre Company, Grupo Cativeiro Capoeira Jamaica, Shady Squad, Katherine Denecy (Guadeloupe), and KRI Performing Arts (Cayman). The final night of performances will feature The Company Dance Theatre, Ashe Company and Dance Theatre Xaymaca, One Body One God, Quilt Performing Arts Company, Kim-Lee Campbell, TeamDanceJA and Khama Phillips (USA)

Jamaica Dance Umbrella is staged under the Philip Sherlock International Arts Festival.