Barbados Dance Project

Faculty


Faculty


Previous Faculty 


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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.


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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.


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STEFANIE TAKEI-TAYLOR

Born in Pasadena, California where she trained at Pasadena Dance Theatre, American Ballet Theatre, and Austin Ballet. She was a semi-finalist in the Los Angeles Music Center “Spotlight Awards” and went on to received a BFA in 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. Stefanie has worked with choreographers Laurence Blake, Cherylyn Lavagnino, Doug Nielsen, Stephen Petronio, T. Lang, Brook Notary, Johannes Wieland, John Hunte, Tara-Jane Herbert, and Jamal Callender. She is a founding member of Diesel Fusion Dance Theatre with Ihaia Miller and currently teaches ballet and pointe at the Barbados Community College, University of the West Indies Cave Hill, Pehñyo Dance Center, and the Dance Place. Stefanie had the honor to represent BDP at the Coco Dance Festival in Trinidad. Outside of the studio you can find her at her company Bajan Cherry’s showroom or out catching waves.


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BAKARI I. LINDSAY

BaKari is a dancer, choreographer, singer, musician, costume designer/ maker and researcher for the past 30 year. Trained at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Bakari holds a craftsman diploma in Style and Design and Masters Degree in Dance Ethnology and Bachelors in Education, from York University, Canada. In completion of his masters thesis BaKari researched and developed "A-Feeree - ThePhysical Language," an innovative training method for dance practitioners working in an Africanist movement aesthetic. He co-founded COBA Collective Of Black Artists in 1993, and danced for the Danny Grossman Dance Company (Canada), Jubilation Dance Co (USA), Toronto Dance Theatre (Canada), Artcho Danse Repertoire (Haiti) BaKari also appeared as an original cast member of Disney's The Lion King from 2000 to 2002. BaKari was nominated for Dora Mavor Award in Best Male Dance Performance in 2017. BaKari has served on the faculty of Ryerson University, York University, HumberCollege, Lester B. Pearson School for the Performing Arts, Along with his many artistic endeavors BaKari teachers full time with the Toronto District School Board and on track to becoming a school principal.


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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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COURTENAY THORNE

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. Courtenay was the 1st recipient of the National Emerging Chorpegraphic Lab with BDP in 2017.


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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.


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.