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  • Some of the country’s top dancers will showcase their talent on one stage, at this year’s Arts in the Park, slated for Sunday, May 17 at the Hope Botanical Gardens in Kingston.
  • Dubbed ‘Arts in the Park: the Dance Edition’, the event will feature a vibrant genre of Jamaican culture in dance, ranging from traditional folk forms to contemporary dancehall.
  • International choreographers and representatives of overseas dance companies will be on hand to assess the local talent.

Some of the country’s top dancers will showcase their talent on one stage, at this year’s Arts in the Park, slated for Sunday, May 17 at the Hope Botanical Gardens in Kingston.

Dubbed ‘Arts in the Park: the Dance Edition’, the event will feature a vibrant genre of Jamaican culture in dance, ranging from traditional folk forms to contemporary dancehall.

International choreographers and representatives of overseas dance companies will be on hand to assess the local talent.

Speaking at a JIS Think Tank on Tuesday, May 5, Chairman of the Entertainment Advisory Board in the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment, Kingsley Cooper, said the event creates a platform for booking agents and talent scouts to discover new, upcoming talent in Jamaica.

He said it also provides opportunity for creative practitioners to market and promote their work internationally.

“It is very important that we expose our talent internationally and we look to the global market to see how we can maximise on opportunities for our local dancers,” Mr. Cooper noted.

He informed that international invitees include: Executive Director of the African American Dance Ensemble, Dr. Angeloe Burch; Director of the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, Virginie Mecene; Artistic Director, Ailey II, Troy Powell; MTV Award-winning Choreographer, Tanisha Scott; and Head of Commercial and Dance departments at BLOC New York City, Fatima Wilson.

“These persons are of tremendous value to us because not only will they spread the word of what we have here, but are in a position to recruit Jamaican dancers and use them in various ways,” Mr. Cooper said.

The Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment has been sending out invites via its entertainment registry, facilitating public calls and auditions, in order to select performers for the event.

Arts in the Park is free of cost, and will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.