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BLINK Broadband supports "Decades of Dance"

Grand dames of Caribbean dance, Molly Ahee (left) and Carol La Chapelle
Grand dames of Caribbean dance, Molly Ahee (left) and Carol La Chapelle

Dance icons, practitioners and enthusiasts from Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and Jamaica enjoyed the most thrilling week long celebration as the Ministry of Arts and Multiculturalism in collaboration with the National Dance Association (NDA) and blink Broadband hosted the 2011 festival.

Launched on Sunday October 9 at NAPA, dance practitioners and lovers of the art form participated in symposia, workshops, exhibitions, practical sessions, friendly competitions and performances. There was also a display on the development of Caribbean dance, a Hip Hop dance competition and even a practical "Zumba" type session.

The festival entitled "Remembering our Past...Moving Toward our Future" was held to increase awareness of dance as an art form within the national and regional communities and to evoke discussion and professional practice of dance as theatre, tradition, ritual and recreation.

Among those participating at the festival were contingents from Jamaica and Barbados along with local icons Linda Pollard-Lake, Molly Ahee, Carol La Chapelle, Heather Henderson-Gordon, Malick Salickram and Shiv Shakti, Satnarine and Mondira Balkaransingh, Nalini Akal and Alan Balfour among others.

Linda Pollard-Lake (left) Earl Thompson and Heather Henderson-Gordon (right) all members of the National Dance Association sharing a light moment.

Linda Pollard-Lake (left) Earl Thompson and Heather Henderson-Gordon (right) all members of the National Dance Association sharing a light moment.

Lisa Hudson (left) blink BROADBAND Manager Sales chatting with Earl Thompson.

Lisa Hudson (left) blink BROADBAND Manager Sales chatting with Earl Thompson.