Jamaican ensemble coming to dance for net gains

The premier competition for local netball recently came to a close. However the sport is gearing up for a major fundraiser.

The Cayman Islands Netball Association will be hosting the Stella Maris Dance Ensemble of Jamaica. With the patronage of Sports Minister Mark Scotland and support of the Cayman government, the dancers will perform next Friday 27 May and Saturday 28 May at 8pm with a 6pm showing on Sunday 29 May. All of the performances take place at the Harquail Theatre.

As part of their visit, the dancers will also conduct seminars for local students. The proceeds from their visit will go towards funding local netball initiatives. News of the visit comes after Roma recently claimed both the consolation cup and the national championship.

Association president Lucille Seymour spoke about the dance ensemble and how it connects with netball.

“The Stella Maris Dance Ensemble is an important Jamaican dance company with top-quality dancers and choreographers,” Seymour said. “While they’re here they will hold master classes for nearly 400 students and perform at a special matinee for them on Saturday 29 May at 4pm. This partnership between sports and the performing arts in the Cayman Islands is quite unique. The ground-breaking event has never happened in our country before. Some see sports, such as netball, as a game mainly for the ‘grassroots’ individuals.

“However, the performing arts, especially classical dance, is associated with the more elite and the upper middle-class, who can afford to send their children to be trained in this cultural expression. Ironically, both disciplines are about training the body and assisting the mind to become balanced.

“Mens sana in corpore sano (a healthy mind in a healthy body) is a famous Latin quotation, often translated as ‘a sound mind in a sound body.’ The fine arts and netball are vehicles through which healthy minds and bodies are nurtured and shaped with the end result being a healthy balance in the lifestyle of those involved.”

Aside from the local government, a number of sponsors are involved. They include the Westin Casuarina, Vibe 98.9FM, Cayman Airways, Island Air, ShopSmart and the National Building Society of the Cayman Islands.

Tickets are $25 and are available at Funky Tangs and ShopSmart Burke Maud Plaza. For more information call 916-1944