LONGWALL RD:--- National Institute of Arts – NIA students Jeremiah David, Kiara Vanterpool, Ray Angel Simon to perform at Dance Curaçao Dance Festival and Workshop. Dance Curaçao is a dance event organized especially for talented dancers from the Dutch Caribbean. This event creates a platform for talented dancers by bringing international influences, teachers and skills closer to home.
The aim is to provide a basic expertise for the dance sector on Curaçao and the other islands of the Dutch Caribbean. This unique event contributes to the development, deepening and broadening of our local talents and skills, with the goal to stimulate and contribute to the growth of the identity of our society.
NIA students, Kiara, Jeremiah, Ray Angel and Director Clara Reyes, were recipients of a generous fundraising event organized by:
- Fina Dance Art School
- Ecole de Danse
- Dance School Turning Point
- Dance Curaçao
- And Prins Bernard Kultuur Fonds Caribisch Gebied
The dance community joined forces to cover the all-expense paid trip to Curaçao.
Students at Dance Curaçao are attending Daily 7 hours of dance classes and rehearsals to prepare for the final showcase to take place Saturday, October 14 with 2 presentations at 5:30 and 7:15. Hip-Hop Teacher Leslie Feliciano, Broadway-style Jazz Teacher Lizz Picini and Modern contemporary teacher Nijawwon Matthews have been drilling the participants in 2 hour long classes with intense technical skills development and lectures on the realities of life as a professional performing artist.
DANCE CURACAO comes to an exciting conclusion on Saturday, October 14 with a super showcase featuring works developed during the sessions, and original works from the respective schools. NIA will present their silver medal-winning dance Choreography by Clara Reyes entitled “26”
Clara Reyes of NIA encourages all St. Maarteners living in Curaçao to come out and support the St. Maarten students as they represent Sweet S’Maatin Land’s strength, reliance, and fortitude after surviving the cataclysmic Category 5 Hurricane Irma.
Tickets are on sale online at DANCE CURACAO.
On behalf of the entire National Institute of Arts Family, Directors Arlene Halley and Clara Reyes extend their most profound gratitude to entire Curaçao Dance community, Prince Bernard Kultuur Fonds Caribisch Gebied and festival and workshop organizers of DANCE CURACAO for this amazing gift to the St. Maarten Students. THANK YOU CURACAO....
NIA Press Release