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Joseph to represent T&T on dance education in Miami
Cultural ambassador Eugene Joseph will represent T&T at an international conference hosted by the National Dance Education Organization of the United States.
Joseph, a retired Director of Culture in the public service, will participate in a panel discussion on Promoting Dance Education Worldwide when the conference takes place at the end of this month at the Hyatt Regency in Miami, Florida.
He will discuss the status of dance education in T&T as well as present his goals to enhance dance education in this country. Other panelists will share their experiences in New Zealand, Norway, Great Britain, Canada, Jamaica and South Africa, a release said.
Joseph is best known for his dance school, the Eugene Joseph’s Trinidad Dance Theatre (TDT). This has been a cultural landmark since it was established in 1972, teaching people from all walks of life how to dance. TDT has established a performing company and four studios with an annual registration of more than 1,000 students, enrolled for Ballroom, Latin, Ballet, Modern and Caribbean Folk classes.
He took his instruction to television, teaching the nation to dance in a series of programmes on the then State-owned Trinidad and Tobago Television (TTT) as well as the popular community channel, Gayelle.
But his reputation in dance began earlier than that, when he was noted as the first Black choreographer to present his work at the Royal Festival Hall in London with the Folk Ballet production of Ambakaila.
Joseph’s dedication has earned him a national award in 2001, the Humming Bird Silver for contribution to enhancing the Arts. In 2008, the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) conferred on him the Honorary Distinguished Fellow Award. He is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Carnival Studies at the UTT.
Through his extensive work with Government, non-Government and corporate sectors, Joseph has presented papers, lectured and conducted master classes in Hong Kong, Mexico, Senegal (Africa), England, Europe, Canada, the US and the Caribbean.
Joseph has also conducted seminars and workshops in Cross Cultural Training, Communication Techniques, Movement and Dance and Arts Education and Integration. His life experience has served him well in becoming a Consultant, Master Instructor and Arts Presenter in the field of Dance and Culture.
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