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Posted: Monday 22 April, 2013 at 2:59 PM

A successful end to inaugural ‘I Am Dance Workshop – Experience’

Dancers doing an African piece
By: Loshaun Dixon,

    BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – A fun-filled and educational one-week children’s dance workshop dubbed the ‘I Am Dance Workshop – Experience’, which was held in the Cayon community, ended on Saturday afternoon (Apr. 20) with a recital that featured the 12 participants of the course.


    The concert took place at the Cayon Primary School and featured a variety of dances, all of which the participants were taught during the week-long course.


    Led by Course Coordinator Rolston Ryan, the children started out with a warm up routine; a customary procedure that all professional dancers complete before getting into their act.


    The children then showcased their new knowledge in the performances of an African piece, a modern piece and a dance hall presentation; the latter which was said to be a favourite of both the young dancers and the small audience that called for an encore.


    That was followed by a special presentation done by Ryan before the distribution of certificates to all those who were participated in the workshop


    This was the inaugural of I Am Dance Workshop – Experience (Cayon) that embraced ages 10-16 youths.


    Ryan, the founder, trainer and choreographer of the inaugural ‘I Am Dance Workshop – Experience’ that embraced children aged 10 to 16 years, is one of a few male dancers in the Federation who has had a passion for dance from an early age.


    He is also a member of the Vivace Dance Company.


    In his attempt to reach out to all age groups and levels of dance in communities, ‘I Am Dance Workshop – Experience (Cayon)’ became the first of a hopefully many to come workshops.


    One member of the audience commented that “it is one of the many initiatives that some young people in the Federation engage in to assist in shaping the future generation into positive beings with the help of their parents’.


    The small but appreciative audience, which featured a few parents and friends of the dancers, left the venue  very satisfied with what they saw and commended Ryan on the splendid job he did in just one week.


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