This past week, I had the honor of presenting my research at the Second Season of Dance Conference, hosted by the Univeristy of the West Indies/Cavehll, in the beautiful country of Barbados. The conference, which was held at the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination (EBCCI), brought together some of the best and brightest scholars on Caribbean dance and dance ethnography together to share their work and to support the work of others.
This was my first time presenting my research at an academic level. Although my goal has always been to go after my PHD, this conference put me in the audience of people that are doing the work that I want to do in some capacity.
The conference began on Thursday, May 19th. We began the conference with introductions from the conference chair, Ms. Neri Torres. Ms. Torres then introduced Professor Gladstone Yearwood, Director of the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination. The highlight of the morning introductions was an opening speech by Dr. L’Antoinette Stines.
Dr. L’Antoinette “Osun Ide” Stines is an artistic director, dancer, choreographer, actress, teacher/lecturer, administrator, author, and visionary. Creator of L’Antech, a modern contemporary
Caribbean dance technique, Dr. Stines continues to impact on the direction and future of Caribbean dance. In 1994, Dr. Stines unveiled a new modern Caribbean Dance Technique called L’Anyah Reggae Technique later known as L’Antech. Culminating from over ten years of research, this innovative technique is a blend of classical ballet and several Caribbean folklore forms. Regarded as one of the three pure modern dance technique to develop out of the Caribbean, L’Antech, the language, gives
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