for Icon Series
Saint Lucian born Micole Aubertin Murray returns home to dance live on May 1st as part of the Cultural Icons Series of the Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival 2016. The event takes place at the National Cultural Centre. Micole Aubertin Murray considers her childhood in Saint Lucia a dream as she danced her way into adulthood with the Les Enfants Dance Company founded by the late Virginia Alexander affectionately known as Auntie Virgie.
As an adolescent her experience with Les Enfants afforded her the opportunity to travel throughout the Caribbean exposing her to the commonalities of West Indian culture. Virginia Alexander, leader of Les Enfants dance company together with the array of musicians, dancers, painters who came along on those trips helped Micole to nurture a passion for the arts.
In 1972, ‘Auntie Virgie’, formed the Les Enfants Dance Troupe, which she hoped would spur social change and would serve children between six and twelve years. The training which she so selflessly provided produced a core crop of Saint Lucian dancers who have themselves passed on these skills to other generations. They include Christine Samuel, Anthony ‘Cocky’ JnBaptiste, Tania Isaac, Micole Aubertin and the late Azizi Alexander among many others. Micole’s role in Les Enfants Dance Company began as dancer then shifted to choreographer, next artistic director and finally producer. While staging the company’s productions: ‘Movements’ and ‘Wizard Of Oz’, she realized her natural ability to bring people together to make art happen.
From 1995 to 2000 Micole worked for the St. Lucia Department of Culture as it’s youngest officer. During this time she helped produce many events throughout the island.
A Hunter College graduate, 2004, Cum Laude, Micole is now based in New York City where she produces for NYFEST an annual film/soccer festival, for Braveman Media as their New York representative and works closely with her husband Malcolm C Murray producing films and photography.
Micole Aubertin Murray will be joining the cast for the Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Icons Series, which this year pays tribute to the late Virginia Alexander.