Lucille hopes dancers boost youth

Lucille Seymour has been adamant that Cayman’s youth need to be active in sports and the performing arts. Netball’s chief figure gets to cement that relationship this weekend.

The Cayman Islands Netball Association will be bringing in the Stella Maris Dance Ensemble for a second straight year. The Harquail Theatre is expected to host the group on 20-22 July.

Seymour states the performances will have a major impact on the youth.

“I’m glad the whole partnership with sports and the performing arts has got off the ground,” Seymour said. “In particular, we are working with the youth. A workshop was slated for Thursday at the University College of the Cayman Islands and from that workshop they can hone skills and perform in a Saturday showcase.”

Under the patronage of the Minister of Sports Mark Scotland and his wife Cindy, the Stella Maris group takes the stage on Friday and Saturday night at 8pm with a Sunday performance at 4pm. A youth matinee showing, featuring junior performers, is slated for Saturday at 4pm.

The Jamaican group, known for their socially conscious routines, was here last May. This year, the group is here as part of fundraising efforts designed to support the development of various programmes. One initiative is the fielding of Under-21 and U16 sides for the seventh World Youth Netball Championships in Glasgow, Scotland on 22-31 August, 2013.

Netball association secretary Norma Ferryman states national youth teams are a major focus for the sport.

“This is a good initiative and I’m glad it is taking place,” Ferryman said. “It is important as we need to send youth away and expose them to playing in other countries.

“It’s mainly a fundraiser for the U16 and U21 teams, who are going away very soon. Cayman is a small place and we would like them, our youth, to go out and see things differently.”

This weekend’s performances will also offset the cost of hiring a technical director. Aussie Gillian Lee was recently brought in on a two-year contract to serve as Cayman’s national. The association is paying her $50,000 out of the $77,393 government budgeted for the sport.

Tickets retail for $30 and are available at Funky Tangs and Shop Smart. For more information, call Norma Ferryman at 916-1944.