Rowe’s pitching for fame

One of the best footballers in Cayman can be seen leaping around in another form during his working week.

That’s because Kirk Rowe is also an accomplished classical dancer and teacher who has his own dance school that is flourishing.

Rowe Innovations Performing Arts School threw an appreciation party for its 60 members for their efforts after stunning three night performances recently at the Harquail Theatre and one additional show back by popular demand held a week later.

The show was dubbed ‘Dare To Dream in Colours’ and was made possible through the kind sponsorship of Lightening and Music Technicians, Butterfield Bank, Pizza Hut, Webster Transport, Rawlins and Hunter, CVCCNCF and Cayman National Bank.

KRI which is situated on Dorcy Place in Industrial Park was founded and administrated by Rowe who plays for Premier League team Tigers and has been in the national squad.

Rowe, 27, is from a humble background in Jamaica. He started his dancing career at the tender of six with the Little People Dance Group after showing immense talent.

He performed with them until 1994 when a group of performers decided to leave Little People and form the ASHE Dance Company.

He successfully attended the Edna Manley College for two years sharpening his skills at performing arts.

Rowe migrated to Canada after graduating from the college and worked with a dance company there for a while.

Rowe continued his travels to pursue his dancing career. This time his next stop was in England where he taught dancing at the Peckham High School in south London for a while.

Ever ambitious, he returned to Jamaica and formed KRI and started to stage annual shows.

In 2004, after accepting an invitation to attend a Caribbean dance workshop in Miami he met with members of the Cayman Islands dance company Dance Unlimited.

They were impressed by his performances and offered him a job and the rest is history.

Rowe’s school has grown rapidly and has students ranging from tiny children to adults enrolled at present. The youngest member is little Gabrielle Campbell, aged four, who was a star at the recent production.

He plans to expand the school curriculum from just dance to drama and music in the near future.

KRI is presently planning to have a one week tour scheduled to begin on July 13. It will be in the form of a performing arts competition. This will be geared at giving the students exposure to be accessed for scholarships.

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