photos by Adrian Richards
The Barbados Dance Project aims to educate, collaborate, and engage with the Barbadian community through dance. Since 2014, BDP has made a major impact not only in our students lives through dance, but in their every day journey. The Barbados Dance Project is a catalyst that inspire the community on the island, to unite together through movement.
To date, 5 international guest tutors have been a part of the program with extensive trained from prestigious institutions such as The Juilliard School, The Ailey School, and Boston Conservatory. They have also danced in companies such as Ballet Hispanico(New York), Trey McIntyre Project(Boise ID), National Theater Mannheim(Germany), Luna Negra Dance Theater(Chicago), and GöteborgsOperans Danskompani(Sweden). Our past students have continued their studies at some of the world’s finest institutions including, Barbados Community College, University of the West Indies at Cave Hill, NYU Tisch, SUNY Purchase, Ryerson (Toronto), Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts(Jamaica), Arizona University(USA), Trinity Laban(UK)
For the past three years, BDP has successfully been funded by Kickstarter, a crowd-sourcing platform. People from all over the world including Barbados, U.S. Canada, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, Hungary, and Germany have contributed generously to the project. Because our project is tuition free for all participants, the burden of tuition fees and finances to attend our project does not exist for families. Because of all of the support, participants come into the dance studio and are able to express their passion fearlessly and with determination and confidence. I thank each of you for believing in The Barbados Dance Project, believing in the youth, and believing that Barbados is where dance can grow!
-Jamal Rashann Callender, Founder