Jamaican dance legends coming to Cayman Islands

KRI Performing Arts School has embarked on a journey preparing for its fifth annual season of dance at the Harquail Theatre from 24 to 27 May.

This event will feature special appearances by the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica, which is celebrating its jubilee year.

The group, which boasts 50 years of performance, has seen the tutelage of choreographers such as Bert Rose, Clive Thompson and artistic director Rex Nettleford. KRI students as well as students from other dance companies and schools in the Cayman Islands will be treated to workshops presented by the National Dance Theatre Company during their visit.

Kirk Rowe, artistic director of KRI Performing Arts, is excited about this initiative and says he is happy to share one of the world’s renowned dance companies with the Cayman Islands.

“It is great for our culture, especially our youth. I am looking forward to people coming out to experiences National Dance Theatre Company as they celebrate 50 years of dance and KRI as we celebrate five years,” he says.

Artistic expression

KRI was founded in 2007 and has 60 students enrolled, ages 3 and up. The mission of this performing arts group is to develop talent in an environment of artistic expression.

NDTC, Jamaica’s premier dance company, was founded in 1962 at the time of Jamaica’s independence. The company has received international recognition and has completed hundreds of tours worldwide.

Sponsors include Cayman Airways; Cayman Islands Department of Tourism; Cayman National; Caribbean Utilities Company; Greenlight Re; The Jamaican Consulate; Kirk Supermarket; The Ministry of Health, Environment, Youth, Sports & Culture; The Ministry of Education, Training & Employment; National Building Society of Cayman.

The Opening Gala for National Dance Theatre Company will take place on Thursday, 24 May at 7.30pm. followed by three shows featuring both KRI and National Dance Theatre Company dancers on Friday, 25 May, Saturday, 26 May and Sunday, 27 May. The shows on Friday and Saturday will commence at 7.30pm, while Sunday’s show time is 6pm.

Tickets for the Gala are $40 for adults and $25 for children under 12 years. Other shows are $25 for adults and $15 for children under 12 years. Tickets are available at Funky Tangs, Reflections Food For Less, KRI Performing Arts studio at Unit 2 Dorcy Place, Industrial Park, and at the Harquail Theatre Box Office.

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