Barbados Dance Project

Leadership


Leadership


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FOUNDER/ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

JAMAL RASHANN CALLENDER

Born in the U.S. and raised in Barbados at a young age, Jamal began dancing at Ballet Tech and Brooklyn College Preparatory Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. He attended the Professional Performing Arts School/The Ailey School under the late Denise Jefferson, Restoration Dance Theatre and the Harlem School of the Arts. Jamal also attended Perry-Mansfield and Springboard Danse Montreal. A graduate from The Juilliard School in 09' under Lawrence Rhodes, he has worked with The Atlanta Ballet, Peridance Ensemble, Buglisi Dance Theater, Loni Landon Project, Formal Structure Inc., Hubbard Street II, Ballet Hispanico, and Kevin O'Day Ballett at National Theater Mannheim. In 2012, Jamal was awarded the prestigious Princess Grace Award in Dance. Theater credits include: CHICAGO (Fred Casely)-RMT. He has guest taught workshops all over the U.S. and internationally including summer intensives for Ballet Hispanico, New Orleans Ballet Association (N.O.B.A), the National Cultural Foundation (Barbados), and Institute of the Arts Barcelona (Spain), and MOVE(NYC) An advocate of the arts, he served as a member of Dance/NYC junior committee. Jamal currently is a soloist at the NationalTheater Mannheim (NTM TANZ) under Stephan Thoss.                              


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GENERAL MANAGER/PRODUCER

JOHN HUNTE

 John Hunte is an accomplished performer and arts activist arts manager, performer, choreographer, teacher and consultant. Hunte graduated with an MFA in Performing Arts Management from Brooklyn College, New York City in 2003. Recently, Hunte received a PhD degree in cultural studies from the Faculty of Humanities and Education at the Cave Hill, Barbados Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI). His PhD thesis, Beyond the Silence: Men, Dance and Masculinity in the Caribbean, interrogates where dance and masculinity intersect as perceived through the lens and perception of men who dance onstage.  A former Cultural Officer – Dance at the National Cultural Foundation (NCF), Hunte is currently a research fellow, a part-time tutor at the Barbados Community College and temporary lecturer at the UWI Cave Hill Campus in the creative studies and cultural studies programmes. He recently completed the task of Artistic coordinator for CARIFESTA XIII held August 17 – 27, 2017 in Barbados. As General Manager and Producer with Barbados Dance Project, and Artistic Director of the BDP Ensemble, Hunte overseas ongoing choreographic process for budding dancers to collaborate with various performance projects.

 

 


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DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

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.