BDP ensemble is the natural next step for dance in Barbados. Under the artistic vision of Jamal Callender and John Hunte, BDP ensemble is a collective of energetically committed dancers from the rewarding successes of BDP summer dance intensives. The ensemble continues to work on choreographic processes, technique training, and performance opportunities throughout the year in Barbados and beyond, giving Barbados it's first on-going dance company in decades.
Stefanie Takei-Taylor (USA) - Rehearsal Director/ Director of Community Engagement
Hails from Pasadena, California where she trained at Pasadena Dance Theatre, American Ballet Theatre, and Austin Ballet. She went on to receive a BFA Dance from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts as a Trustee Scholar and later a Masters in Tourism Marketing from the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus. She is a founding member of Diesel Fusion Dance Theatre with Ihaia Miller and currently teaches at the Barbados Community College, University of the West Indies Cave Hill, Pehñyo Dance Center, and the Dance Place. She most recently performed in “Sounds of Silence” choreographed by Nicky Ward which took top honors at the Barbados National Independence Festival of Creative Arts winning a gold medal and the Arden Clarke Founders Trophy. Outside of the studio you can find her at her company Bajan Cherry’s showroom or out catching waves.
Jai Clarke (Barbados)
A recently graduate from the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts with a BFA Dance (Performance) in 2017, have received her Associate Degree in Dance from Barbados Community College in 2014. Jai trained with Dance Strides Barbados and Louise Woodvine Dance Academy. An award-wining soloist at NIFCA. Jai has been with BDP since 2015.
Megan Edwards (Barbados)
Dancer and choreographer, recently completed her BFA Dance (Performance and Choreography) at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, Kingston, Jamaica. She is a member of Dance Strides Barbados, Genesis Dance Studio and Riddim Tribe as well as L’Acadco – A United Caribbean Dance Force. Building towards a Caribbean that appreciates dance. Megan’s mission is to represent dancers whilst helping to change the view that society has of dance being a viable career. Megan attended BDP summer intensive in August 2015, August 2016, and Winter Intensive 2017.
Leanne Hall (Jamaica)
Trained at the Tony Wilson School of Modern Dance in Jamaica. She progressed to the Junior Ensemble and joined The Company Dance Theatre in 2010. Leanne studied the RAD Ballet syllabus with Marian Thwaites. She performed in Jamaica Junior Theatre’s renditions of “Cats” and “Beauty and The Beast”. After numerous gold medals and national awards, Leanne was selected as Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s dance poster girl. Leanne represented Jamaica by touring with The CDT to Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Barbados. She also attended summer workshops at Alvin Ailey School and Broadway Dance Centre. While reading for her BSc. Management with French (Honours) and MSc. Marketing (Distinction) at The U.W.I., Cave Hill Campus, Barbados, Leanne participated in BDP Winter Intensive 2017. Currently, Leanne is the Founder and Creative Director of Market Vine, a digital marketing consultancy based in Barbados.
Akimo Sandy (Trinidad and Tobago)
From Carnbee Tobago is a 2nd-year dance student at the University of Trinidad and Tobago. He began dancing at the age of 12 at the Urban Ritual Dance Company. Under the stewardship of Elvis Radgman Akimo trained in Contemporary Dance. From there he ventured into Folk Dancing with De Kulture Klub Ensemble he developed as a folk dancer. He has performed in Trinidad and Tobago and has toured at both local and international events, namely: CARIFESTA, New York Fashion Week and aboard the MSC cruise lines are just to name a few. A kaleidoscopic array of talent Akimo came to BDP Summer Intensive in August 2017.
Saleem Small (Barbados)
Is a BFA dance/theatre student at the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination UWI Cave Hill Campus, with Barbados Community College Associate Degrees in Economics and Information Technology (2015) and in Dance (2017). When not driving, doing gymnastics or playing the guitar, he trains and performs with Livy & Betty Alleyne Ballroom Dance Centre as well as Barbados Dance Project. He began with BDP in August 2016.
Courtenay Thorne (Barbados)
A recent graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London with a Diploma in Dance Studies. She currently resides in Trinidad & Tobago where she choreographs, performs and teaches dance around the island. She has been a part of BDP since its inception in 2014.
Courtenay trained at The Dance Place in Barbados. Courtenay trained at Koresh Studios in Philadelphia and earned Bachelor’s Degree in Dance (Performance & Choreography) at Skidmore College. She also attended The American Dance Festival, Toronto School Dance Theater, University of the Arts. Courtenay has presented works in Japan, Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados, America and London. She has taught at the University of the West Indies, Barbados Community College, University of Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean School of Dancing and The Dance Place and is currently involved in the Gemini Project, and the Metamorphosis Dance Company.
Liam Woodvine (Barbados)
For the past 14 years Liam has been a student of the Louise Woodvine Dance Academy, training in ballet, modern and Jazz. He has received numerous awards in the National Independence Festival of Creative Arts, most recently his group received a gold award and the Arden Clarke Founders trophy. Currently he is preparing for his R.A.D Advanced Foundation exam and is aspiring to further his dance training overseas. He has been apart of BDP summer intensives since 2014.