La Danse Caraibe Presents A Cultural Extravaganza Of Dance With “Our Identity 2010”

On Saturday October 2, 2010, Heather Henderson-Gordon’s children’s dance school, La Danse Caraibe, will open the curtains to its 25th anniversary presentation, Our Identity 2010. The celebration will launch with a gala cocktail reception at 6:00 p.m. at Queen’s Hall with the performance to follow at 7:00 p.m. A matinee performance will be offered on Sunday October 3, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.

Dancing birds perform during Dance Of Wishes (1994)

The school will mark its silver milestone with a cultural extravaganza of colour creativity and dance reflecting the diversity and dynamism of its Caribbean landscape and people. For this production, Henderson-Gordon joined choreographic forces with Arlene Frank, Gregor Breedy, Makeba Gabriel, Candice Ellis-Taitt and Malvani Seelal-Alexander to bring a diverse array of ballet, modern, tap, Hip Hop, folk and Limbo dancing to the stage. Popular dance crew and recent winners of the 2010 Synergy TV – T&T’s Number 1 Dance Crew competition, Unstable D’Gift, along with all female Hip Hop crew, Kromatiq, will lend their urban dance styles to the programme.

La Danse Caraibe opened its doors in 1986 to offer training to children from age 3 in the ballet and modern dance styles of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD). With a vision to develop well-rounded dancers, the school, which encourages its students to train in a minimum of three (3) disciplines, was the first in Port of Spain to compliment its classical and indigenous dance instruction with urban Hip Hop techniques. La Danse Caraibe boasts a long list of past productions including the musical, Dancer, which featured an original sound track composed by Roger Israel, musical direction by Allison St. Clair and a script that was adapted from the book written by Marguerite Gordon.

Through the years, the production expertise and choreographic talents of the school’s founder and artistic director, Henderson-Gordon, have been sought out widely in Trinidad and Tobago. Most recently, her work was featured in the flag ceremony during the opening of the 2010 FIFA Under 17 Women’s World Cup. Her past projects have included choreographic direction for the launch of the Commonwealth Youth Forum during the 2009 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) and artistic direction for the opening parade of the grand opening of McDonalds in Trinidad and Tobago. In addition, she continues to do ongoing work for veteran events management company, ISLANDpeople.

Poised puppy dogs of the 1991 musical, Dancer

Over the past quarter century, La Danse Caraibe has garnered a reputation as a professional children’s dance troupe capable of performing in any forum as its dancers have accompanied Henderson-Gordon on her various creative projects with some moving on to professional careers in dance.

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