The Kirk Rowe Innovations Performing Arts School’s Dance Company returned recently from performing in the Jamaica Dance Umbrella Festival at the University of the West Indies’ Mona Campus recently.
KRI represented the Cayman Islands at the festival, now in its fourth year. The dance troupe was among other international companies and choreographers.
The dance segment of the festival ran from Thursday, 3 March, through Sunday, 6 March, featuring performances from Ashe Performing Arts Company, Dance of Jamaica and Mooretech Dance Centre, among others. Styles ranged from African folklore, hip hop, popular, interpretational/expression and story-telling narratives and videos.
After each performance, a forum was held to give each group, dancer or choreographer the opportunity to meet and discuss their work and experience.
KRI was the opening act on the Thursday and performed three pieces. The company was represented by six young women, the youngest of whom was 13, along with KRI Dance School founder and dancer Kirk Rowe.
“We were well-received by a robust audience and always the highlight, with electrifying energy, strong synchronisation and high-flying jumps,” said Mr. Rowe.
He added that during the trip he had the opportunity to see one of his choreographed works – now about 10 years old – being performed by his former company.