The Stella Maris Dance Ensemble from Jamaica will wow Cayman audiences this weekend.
The group has gained renown through the region and beyond for the quality and innovation in their dance routines, which aim to build a style of dance that celebrates the group’s Caribbean heritage.
This is the ensemble’s second visit to Grand Cayman in as many years and is being organised by the Cayman Islands Netball Association as part of its fundraising efforts to boost the profile of the sport in the Cayman Islands.
The ensemble will perform three shows at the Harquail Theatre starting on Friday, 20 July, at 8pm, with a second show on Saturday, 21 July, at 8pm and a final performance on Sunday, 22 July, at 4pm. Tickets are available at $30 from Shop-Smart and Funky Tangs on Shedden Road. After their performances in Cayman, the ensemble will return to Jamaica where they will prepare for their role in the official 50th independence celebration there.
“I believe that sport and the performing arts can assist our young people in their performance as individuals and students. It also will enhance us as a nation to look at other countries that have done it better than us,” said Lucille Seymour, organiser of the event.
The ensemble’s focus on creating a style of dance that celebrates the heritage of the Caribbean is also certain to inspire young and old alike.
The ensemble’s performance last year was popular and Ms Seymour said that audiences can expect the same exhilarating show, although not the same dances. “Any good company takes something that the audience before liked, but every year they have their own show and create and introduce new dances,” she said.
Another unique aspect of the group is that the dancers come from diverse backgrounds, with professions including nurses, teachers, lawyers and even doctors.
“One of the principal dancers is an anaesthesiologist,” said Ms Seymour.
Part of the ensembles time on Grand Cayman will also be spent sharing their knowledge with local youth at the Summer Kaleidoscope camp, which will culminate with a special matinee performance on Saturday including dances by the ensemble as well as by some of the students who attended the camp.
According to Ms Seymour the entertainment aspect is only one element, with the impact the performing arts can have on the youth being another very important aspect of the visit and one that is close to the hearts of the ensemble members.
“This is what I hope for our young people that they might go their different ways in terms of their academia but that they will hold onto something,” said Ms Seymour.