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Sil­ver Shadow Per­form­ing Arts Academy, through a cul­tural ex­change in­vi­ta­tion, and in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Min­istry of Tourism and Cul­ture in St. Vin­cent and The Gre­nadines, is the spe­cial guest per­for­mance act at the grand fi­nals of the 13th Bi-an­nual KCCU Na­tional Dance Fes­ti­val from Oc­to­ber 4 – 7, 2018.

The group of young and ta­lented dancers is from the main “com­pany B” of the academy. The se­lected dancers com­prise Theatre Arts stu­dents from var­i­ous se­condary schools in Saint Lu­cia. This will be the first time th­ese stu­dents have par­tic­i­pated in a re­gional cul­tural ex­change event.

The Sil­ver Shadow del­e­ga­tion, as part of the cul­tural ex­change, will be tour­ing a num­ber of schools in St. Vin­cent and will dis­play, through per­for­mance, a taste of Saint Lu­cian tra­di­tional dances, shar­ing Saint Lu­cian cul­ture with the youth.

At the main event of the KCCU Na­tional Dance Fes­ti­val grand fi­nals, which take place in Kingstown to­day, the Sil­ver Shadow dancers will ex­hibit a forty minute dance reper­toire. They will make pre­sen­ta­tions in cat­e­gories of dance en­com­pass­ing cre­ative folk, mod­ern, con­tem­po­rary, Afro-Caribbean and tra­di­tional dance.

The Artis­tic Di­rec­tor of Sil­ver Shadow, Barry Ge­orge, is ac­com­pa­ny­ing the group and be­lieves that ex­changes such as th­ese dance fes­ti­vals are very im­por­tant for the growth of young, up­com­ing dancers, giv­ing them an op­por­tu­nity to show­case their tal­ents. He also ob­serves that an an­nual dance fes­ti­val used to be a prom­i­nent event on the cal­en­dar of the Cul­tural De­vel­op­ment Foun­da­tion’s Arts Reach Pro­gramme. How­ever, the CDF no longer stages the event and the last dance fes­ti­val which fea­tured lo­cal dance troupes was in 2014.

For over a month the se­lected dance stu­dents have been in in­tense re­hearsals un­der their Artis­tic Di­rec­tor, look­ing for­ward to rep­re­sent­ing Saint Lu­cia in dance.

On this trip they hope to build re­gional al­liances, share knowl­edge and cel­e­brate artis­tic ex­pres­sions through dance. The group in­cludes Barry Ge­orge, Artis­tic Di­rec­tor; Crys­tal Oc­tave, team chap­er­one and make-up artist; Trean Phillip, Chrisla Em­manuel, Murissa Inglis, Le­shaun Joseph, Mar­lia Crick, Zoya Xavier, Ke­shan Xavier, Anya Sar­gus­ingh, Nyla Alexan­der, Xada Samuel, Bianca Her­man, Dahlia St. Jules and Re­becca Louis.

Sliver Shadow, one of Saint Lu­cia's lead­ing dance com­pa­nies, 'do­ing it' for Saint Lu­cia in a re­gional dance pro­gramme.

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