Passion De Danse connect to the Earth
Set against the picturesque hues of the sunset, coloured lights and a checkered stage at Ana’s beachfront restaurant, audiences in attendance at last Saturday’s Passion De Danse’s studiot-to-stage production ‘Connections to the Earth’ were not disappointed. Passion De Danse founder, Karen Brookes, is well known for her contribution to the development of dance in Antigua, having studied at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of music and Dance in London- a leading school of contemporary dance in the world, so anticipation was high for a beautiful presentation.
Connections to the Earth was a great showcase of how Karen has been shaping her young student dancers. The night’s presentations focused on the importance of preserving and healing the earth by healing ourselves first. Through hip-hop, dancehall, contemporary, lyrical and interpretive dances, the students displayed skillful techniques mixed with their passionate commitment to the art-form. Show attendees were especially moved at how disciplined the very young dancers were for their age. From the Tiny Tots to the Seniors, the dances presented were on point, with great lines and near-perfect executions. The rain that fell just as the finale began was an added feature that reiterated the night’s theme ‘Connections to the Earth’. The students eloquent movements on the sand provided a great finish to a phenomenal night of dance.
Passion De Danse exposes students to various forms of contemporary dance as well as technique, African, Hip Hop and Caribbean dance forms. Karen’s aim has been to give her students a wide background of genres and a good foundation in technique so they become flexible all round dancers able to specialize if they so desire. For those of you that missed it, check out a few images below, compliments byZIA Photography.