Barbados Dance Project

Faculty


Faculty


BDP 5 summer intensive faculty to be announced. Stay tuned....


Previous Faculty 


Renee I. McDonald

Jamaican-born choreographer and dancer, Renee I. McDonald began her dance training at the Tony Wilson School of Modern Dance in Kingston, Jamaica. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and a Bachelor of Law with first-class honors from the University of the West Indies, Mona. Ms. McDonald was a member of The Company Dance Theatre (CDT) in Kingston, where she also served as rehearsal mistress. As a choreographer, she has created works for many companies including The CDT, The National Dance Theatre Company, L'Acadco, Deh Jah Dance Theatre, Dance Theatre Xaymaca, The Quilt Performing Arts Company, and The Emma Willard School in New York. She has also choreographed award-winning pieces for the American International School of Kingston, Campion College, and the St. Andrew High School for Girls. Ms. McDonald is also engaged with The Desiree Dance Center, University Dance Society, and Campion College Dance Society, training students in modern and jazz technique. Currently, Ms. McDonald is a final year student at the Norman Manley Law School in Kingston, Jamaica.


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Tara-Jane Herbert

Trained at Ballet Rambert with the great William Louther. She has performed extensively in the UK and taught and choreographed Nationally and Internationally. Tara headed dance departments including London Contemporary Dance School (The Place), London Studio Centre and Leeds University. Choreographic work includes The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (a cast of 250 young people) and The Unicorn Children’s Theatre. Tara has worked with The David Glass Ensemble Internationally, including Brazil and Indonesia and is the former Artistic Director for Dance United, working with street children in Ethiopia, female prisoners and young people at risk. Her work with BDP has been awarded medals in NIFCA and invited to present work at COCO festival Trinidad 2016 and 2017, Jamaica and the UK. Tara has choreographed at Operation Triple Threat in productions The Wiz, “13”, Into The Woods and Once On this Island. Tara holds a Masters of Arts in Professional Practice In Dance Technique Pedagogy through Middlesex University (UK).


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MIA LI

a native of Taiwan, enjoyed her education at The Boston Conservatory and gained many diverse experiences working with their faculty and students. Ms. Li has been fortunate to perform works by José Limón, Martha Graham, Murry Louis, Pedro Ruiz, Eduardo Vilaro, Nacho Duato, Cayetano Soto, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, as well as creating her own works. Mia spent eight seasons with Ballet Hispancio as a principal dancer. Mia currently works with Metropolitan Opera and teaches in Boston, Japan, and Taiwan. This is Mia's 3rd season as a guest teacher with Barbados Dance Project. 


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MAJOR NESBEY

With roots in The Dominican Republic,Major Nesby began studying dance atDecatur School of Ballet and Dekalb School of the Arts in Atlanta, Georgia.He continued his dance training and graduated from Point Park University and also trained at the school atAlonzo King LINES Ballet, TheAmerican Ballet Theatre, and was a scholarship student at The AileySchool. He has also performed withThe Francesca Harper Project, OpusDance Theatre Company and was a member of Ailey II under the direction of Sylvia Waters. Mr. Nesby was also a member of Ballet Hispanico. He has performed in various musicals such as a regional production of, "Chicago" and, "Apollo Club Harlem" at the world famous, Apollo Theatre. Mr.Nesby has also performed on television in shows such as "America’s Got Talent" and in commercials and movies.


JULIA HEADELY

Julia Headley was born and raised on the island of Barbados, where she began her dance training at Louise Woodvine Dance Academy. Currently dancing with Ballett National Theater Mannheim and a graduate of the Juilliard School, Julia has had the opportunity to perform works by George Balanchine, Nacho Duato, Jose Limon, Darrell Moultrie, Paul Taylor, Robert Glumbek, and Dominique Dumais. Julia is the creator of Sebaga Creations, An accessories line of handmade bags and jewelry.


NIGEL CAMPBELL

  was born and raised in the Bronx, New York and is a graduate of LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts (2004), and of The Juilliard School (2008).  Upon graduation moved to Saarbruecken, Germany to join the Saarlandisches Staatstheater. In 2010 he joined Luna Negra Dance Theater, under the direction of Gustavo Ramirez Sansano. There Nigel was the proud recipient of the prestigious Princess Grace Award 2011. In 2013 he joined the world renowned GöteborgsOperans DansKompani. He is a 2004 Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Currently, Nigel is the co-artistic director of Gibney Dance Company and the co-founder and co-artistic director of MOVE(NYC).


CHANEL DASILVA 

 a native of Brooklyn, NY,  studied at The Bernice Johnson Cultural Arts Center Creative Outlet Dance Theater of Brooklyn. Her training includes LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, The Ailey School and Springboard Danse Montreal. She received a BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School. Chanel is a Level 1 YoungArts Awardee, a  Presidential Scholar in the Arts and also a 2011 Princess Grace Dance Honorarium Awardee. From 2008-2014 Chanel was a member of Trey McIntyre Project. She has choreographed works for The Juilliard Summer Intensive, Idaho Dance Theater and Harvard Ballet Company among others. Co-founder and co-artistic director of MOVE(NYC), she currently teaches at LaGuardia High School.  


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VANESSA VALECILLOS

Joined Ballet Nacional de Caracas under the renowned director Vicente Nebrada at age fifteen. Vanessa danced with Luna Negra Dance Theater where she was a founding member. She also danced with Ballet Hispanico under Eduardo Vilaro. Currently, Vanessa teaches at North Western University in Chicago.