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Heartbeat throbs at Queen’s Hall
The Candice Clarke Academy of Dance (CCAD) and The Creola Company will stage heartBEAT at Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s from 7.30 pm on September 27.
In an interview CCAD founder/artistic director Candice Clarke said the purpose behind the show is “to further propel the industry of dance among our youth, it was always a dream to one day commission a professional Company evolving from the dancers that have been ushered and nurtured from dance babes to dance adults, and do a major production.”
And so, after a decade of assembling and establishing the core Academy, it was incumbent on Clarke to realise this dream and bring it to fruition. The Creola Company Dance Artistes were chosen from a select few foundation members—namely Cherisse Ealie, Khadaesha Worrell-Sobers, Tamara Hall, Andrea Alonzo, Clyniece Hodge, Briana Sylvester and Aisha Hackett—with a single male dance apprentice—Antonio St Vincent.
Clarke explained that this focal group, through years of dedication and commitment, has attained a superior level of dance, thus raising the bar for the rest of the Academy to aspire toward. There are great expectations for a specialised deliverable of dance placed upon this exceptionally gifted few, being the cream of the crop. “From the bosom of CCAD, has emerged a new face of a professional company of dancers in T&T,” she added.
It is fitting for Clarke to launch the troupe’s pioneer showcase as a Company of Dance Artistes with the theme heartBEAT as she is often quoted as saying, “... life is lived one heart beat at a time and we must put our heart into everything that we do.”
She said: “So heartBEAT pulsates and provokes the essence of life as a passionate dance. That we will perpetually perform with gratitude from the heart, like the rhythmic beat of a melody, we count our many blessings and dance into each day with the gift of life.”
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