SILVER SHADOW DANCERS TAKE PART IN CULTURAL EXCHANGE IN ST. VINCENT & THE GRENADINES
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.