Dancers help out

Local netball looks to start the summer months with a sizzling dance performance.

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 this 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 including participation in overseas tournaments and umpiring courses for local referees.

News of the visit comes after Roma claimed both the consolation cup and the national championship this month.

Roma nabbed the consolation honour in its inaugural season while the national title is the second straight for the group.

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.”

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