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            [post_content] => Dance in the Caribbean can easily be labelled and pinpointed as being only associated with whining and grinding, parties, fetes and the dance hall. We all know that dance is a big part of our cultures as we are very much celebratory people, who like to have a good time and unwind. Dancing is great source of enjoyment for us and we canít get enough of it. Due to the party culture in the Caribbean, Ďtitledí dance moves have often found their claim to fame worldwide through us. Jamaica and the dancehall scene are primarily known for their perpetual release of new dance styles and the songs that go along with them. Though many times quite outrageous yet comical, not all will have an acquired taste for what is being released by dancehall dancer.

The creativity that flows from our communities is something to be proud of as we are very expressive people. My goal here is to show a different side of dance culture in our islands. The type of dance that has a more formal element yet still resonates with our identity.

With popular shows like So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing with the Stars from North American television it is important to note that we too have just as much if not more talent housed in our own communities. Some have stayed and some have branched out around the world, but it is important to know that though we may not always see our cultures represented in the mainstream, we are there.

The following are some dance companies within the islands that you may or may not have heard of and a few interesting facts from these home grown facilities.

The National Theatre Dance Company of Jamaica

Formed in 1962 by Rex Nettleford and Eddie Thomas, this dance company has been dedicated to maintaining a display of Jamaicaís ancestral roots of dance and culture while incorporating contemporary styles.

Metamorphisis Dance Company of Trinidad and Tobago

Popularily known as The Caribbean School Of Dancing this company too founded quite early in 1957 by a woman named Marcia Moze. This dance company prides itself in raising up many who dance in the professional world and have moved onto to companies such as the Alvin Ailey Dance Company, and the Geneva Ballet in Switzerland to name a few.

National Dance Company of the Bahamas


Founded in 1991 this dance company has brought a flavour and style, grace and culture to the island of the Bahamas. One of its great initiatives is the Revitalizing Youth For Tomorrow program, where disenfranchised youth of Nassau are given the opportunity to learn dance through free instructional classes.

Praise Academy of Dance Barbados

Affiliated with the Praise Academy of Dance that was started in Jamaica by Patricia Noble in 1993, this chapter in Barbados has excelled and grown since its launch in 2004. Now recognized as a Premier Dance Company due to its high standards, Praise Academy of Barbados has over 250 students ranging from age 3 to 50 years old. Their vision as a Christian dance company is to Ďchange mindsets through movementí.

The music and dance forms found in our Caribbean are a great part of our identity. There are a lot more dance companies and many other islands to mention, but through this piece I've but just scratched the surface.

**Photo credit: Tony Wong
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The Caribbean Dances

August 17, 2014
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Dance in the Caribbean can easily be labelled and pinpointed as being only associated with whining and grinding, parties, fetes and the dance hall. We all know that dance is a big ...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => Do you remember Sundays in Jamaica? Whether or not you can relate, I am here to share the experience with you. Firstly, I donít know who named the first day of the week Sunday, but they gave it the perfect name, as the heat from the sun on this day is unmatched. I believe among other things that Sunday is the perfect day to do laundry and hang your clothes on the lines outside to dry, as they will be dried in no time at all.

Now, for the real experience.

You are awaken either by the sound of gospel music belting out in your home, or by your mom, aunt or grandma singing hymns that stems from their Christian beliefs. As a kid Sunday was the day that you wanted to sleep in, but your mother or grandmother would force you to go to church. Nonetheless, your Sunday morning breakfast would be the best breakfast you will have all week guaranteed. Whether itís that large bowl of cornmeal porridge, sweetened with condensed milk, with a little cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, some sugar and a little salt! Thereís nothing like it, or the classic egg and bread, or fried dumplings and steamed cabbage with salt fish (cod fish); or some Ackee and fried salt fish, with fried breadfruit and boiled green bananas, dumplings and a cup of cocoa tea! These are some of the best breakfasts guaranteed and a few classic and delicious Jamaican Sunday breakfast options. As for music, don't you dare play anything on your radio but gospel, or ... well, just try it and come back to me and share your experience.

Sundays here are also the most tranquil days on this island. And after church in the morning, the family comes together for the feast of the ages - I don't think I could describe Sunday dinner any better. †This is also the best dinner you will have all week. It seems like for Jamaicans, Sunday is the day to pull out all the stops and just splurge. Sunday dinner always has the best dishes. One common practice for Sunday dinner preparation is that two meats are prepared. This is usually chicken, which is a must, and fried fish or stewed oxtail. Sometimes it can be beef, mutton or some other popular meat. Then thereís the rice and peas, whether itís red peas (kidney beans) or gungo peas, and some shredded vegetables and a large glass of carrot or sour soup juice. Sometimes thereís some ice cold kool aid. What a 'feastful' day! I'm getting hungry just writing this. In Jamaica, Sundays are a day of love, good food and family fellowship.

Sunday is also the best day to go to the beach here. If you havenít yet, you need to speed a Sunday in Jamaica at a nativeís home. Youíll love it!

Now it's time for my Sunday dinner! Yum!

 

 
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It's Dinner Time, And It's Sunday In Jamaica!

August 17, 2014
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            [post_content] => It has always been my view, that Islanders don't understand the true value of their Caribbean experience. I keep harping on this because I donít think weíve fully grasped the value of what we have right here on our islands.

We have the access to many things that others only dream about, and things that others donít even know exists. The truth is, foreigners appreciates our islands and what they have to offer a great deal more than we do. Iíve always believed this, and recent events have brought me back to a place of appreciation for all that is made available to us on our little islands in the wonderful Caribbean region. Why are tourists so amazed?

A friend of mine recently travelled to the Caribbean, and though it was not his first time in Jamaica, he had yet to experience a lot of things that the island had to offer; you know, the sort of experiences and things that we take for granted. Letís talk about our islandís fruits and foods. On my way to the airport I was approached by some young men who sold guineps on the side of the road. I bought some, because I thoroughly enjoy this fruit. In Jamaica, a guinep is a small fruit that has a green circular shell. Within this shell there is a seed that is covered with a translucent sugary sweet fleshy substance.

After picking up my friend from the airport, I thought, why donít I ask him if heíd ever tried it. And as I had suspected he didnít. This guy was blown away by this tropical fruit. His expression was priceless. He was on the island for business, so there wasnít much time for island touring, so we visited a few spots where there were fruits and food. He had his first jelly coconut, coconut drops (this is the white core of the coconut that is cut up and baked in sugar and ginger), and Gizzada, which is another byproduct of the coconut. It was refreshing to see this guy's amazement with our food and fruits that are so easily accessible in our country. This is far from the reality in his own country, things from the Caribbean is not easily accessible and when you do find them, they are not quite the same and they are also very expensive.

And last but not least, he had his first real Jamaican patty and he was in love. The friend I am writing about is a native of North America, who has never enjoyed many of the natural foods and other products that comes from our islands. The foods that are available overseas lacks the genuine flavours that makes our island foods so special and world renown. Yet still, on our islands we donít appreciate them. Yet still, our islands imports so much food of a subpar quality from foreign countries Ö tell me what gives? It is imperative that we start realizing the true value of what we have here and stop giving it all away for nothing and seeking foods from elsewhere that are not worthy to be compared to that which hails from our islands. Foreigners recognizes the true value of what we have in the Caribbean, so why donít we?

This is just a glimpse into the Caribbean Experience, there's more to come.

 
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The Caribbean Experience - Some Fruits & Food

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It has always been my view, that Islanders don't understand the true value of their Caribbean experience. I keep harping on this because I dont think weve fully grasped the value o...Continue reading