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LONDON — Jamaican dancer and choreographer, Neila-Ann Ebanks, has been awarded the first ever dance residency under the Commonwealth Connections International Arts Residencies programme.

Ms. Ebanks is among seven artistes, from nearly 200 applicants across the Commonwealth, to win residences this year, under the Commonwealth Foundation programme.

She is skilled in a variety of dance forms including modern, contemporary, jazz and folk and has worked in Jamaica and the United Kingdom. She will take up a dance residency in Canada later this year.

The Commonwealth Foundation, in a release, stated that Ms. Ebanks’ strong performance skills are matched with creative thinking and innovative use of method, style and original conceptualisation rooted in her Jamaican ancestry.

“Committed to developing dance in Jamaica during her residency in Canada, Neila-Ann wishes to explore the use of video, using performing bodies with filmed projections. She will work specifically alongside four diverse Canadian artistes in the arena of dance and theatre to enrich and expand the dance scene in Jamaica on her return,” the Foundation said.

The arts award winners, who were selected by 12 international judges, will receive up to £8,000 to live and work in another Commonwealth country and undertake original and innovative projects.

The exchanges aim to promote creativity and individual cultural expression, increase mutual understanding between artistes, and give them opportunities to learn new skills that can help improve their livelihood.