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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.

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