Cayman dancer to speak at YES

One of Cayman’s top dancers will be one of the main presenters at the Young Entrepreneurs Symposium (YES 2006) scheduled to take place at the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino from May 24 to 27 in St. Maarten, a press release said.

Susan Barnes Pereira of Barnes Dance Academy and a founding member of the Cayman Islands National Dance Company, Dance Unlimited, will make a presentation on using Visual Media to Facilitate Dance Expression.

‘As our area of focus this year is technology and the arts we wanted to provide speakers who are merging these two sectors to create new ways of interpreting our Caribbean identity and also developing new opportunities for income-generating businesses,’ explained Conference Organizer, Nerissa Golden.

Mrs. Barnes Pereira will also facilitate a Me Inc. workshop for aspiring dancers and other artisans to look at keys ways that individuals must develop themselves, their art and business acumen to have a successful enterprise in the creative arts.

Mrs. Barnes Pereira trained with Lorna Reid of Dance Unlimited, Jamaica School of Dance, Alvin Ailey American Dance Centre, Susan Taylor at the University of Tampa and holds a Masters Degree in Dance Education form New York University.

She brings with her a wide national and internal performance experience as well as a range of teaching experience including creative movement to children and teaching dance for the special child.

Mrs. Barnes Pereira’s most recent performance was collaboration with a popular local visual artist and the Cayman Islands National Gallery where she used her performance art to interpret the visual arts in ‘Red Dawn.’

‘Movement is the purest form of communication and it is a gift for which I am grateful, a means of self expression, a means of understanding my environment and the way that I choose to communicate with the world,’ says Barnes Pereira.

‘One of our goals was to find Caribbean-nationals who are themselves entrepreneurs to speak to aspiring business owners, as they have the experience and also know the realities and challenges of starting an enterprise with limited resources,’ explained Ms Golden. ‘We are pleased that Mrs. Barnes Pereira has agreed to come and share her knowledge with our entrepreneurs.’

The conference fee is US$ 125 and includes participation in all workshops. For more information on the conference and to register for the expo call (011) 599-580-1070 or log on to www.trulycaribbean.net.

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