Dara Healy is currently in Martinique leading a team of professional dancers and drummers as she conducts a Master Class in the dances of Trinidad and Tobago. The week-long workshop is geared towards exploring the synergies between Bèlè dance in Trinidad and Tobago and Martinique. The Artist in Residence Programme is taking place under the auspices of the Office of Tourism and Culture of Sainte-Marie and the House of Bèlè, from April 10-14th.
The team of dancers and drummers from Trinidad and Tobago comprises Xavier Phillips, Master Drummer and leader of the renowned Wasafoli, Derrek Casanova, Dancer, Choreographer and Costume Designer, Neisha Roberts, dancer and former Bele Queen of Trinidad and Tobago and experienced drummers Lliano Gomez and Kempes Ramnarine.
Dara and the group will have the privilege to work and perform with Masters of the Bèlè dance in Martinique, practitioners of the art who are now elders in the field.
Dara, the Founder of Idakeda, is the winner of the University of the West Indies' 2011 Felix Harrington prize for dance, as well as an actor and writer. She uses her skills as an artist to work with young people and adults who are ‘At Risk', to empower and transform their lives. She is intrigued by the history and evolution of the Folk Dances of Trinidad and Tobago and has
Keep checking the site for more updates on the exciting exchanges taking place in Martinique between Idakeda and The Bèlè House of Martinique!
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