Willemstad, Curacao, Dutch Caribbean

Willemstad, Curacao, Netherlands
October 2014

Dates

  • October 8-11, 2014

    Sponsors

  • U.S. Department of State

    Project Activities

  • Company member Sean Scantlebury led multiple Dancing to Connect workshops.

    Partners

  • United States Consulate General CuraƧao
  • Dance and More FoundationCuraƧao
  • Turning Point
  • Ecole de Danse
  • Krea Dansa
  • D'art Curacao
  • Teatro Luna Blou and La Tentashon
  • Fina Dance School

    Venues

  • Luna Blou & La Tentashon

    Media and Press

  • TV interview with Merit a Hakan tv 11
  • TV interview at No Pais tv.
  • Articles in Curacao Chronicle, extra, Antilliaans Dagblad (3 articles) , Napa - Amigoe (cover and article), Aruba Daily, Notisia360, Vers Geperst, and Zaterdag

  • Sean Scantlebury reflects on his time in Curacao...

    For the six days that I was in Curacao, I had a jam-packed schedule that included modern dance workshops, dialogues and coachings with local dancers, workshops with community groups and, most surprisingly, full press coverage from the moment I arrived until I departed. The short six-day program ended with a performance in which the local dancers brought out their best works and I also performed. It was a true sharing experience and very warm relationships were engendered.

    I taught modern dance workshops at 3 different schools: Fina Dance School, Turning Point, and Ecole de Danse; and engaged in dialogues and workshops with 2 community-based dance groups. All of the workshops were held on the premises of the different schools. Each group had about 15-20 talented students who were eager to learn something new. Problems were nowhere to be found. Everything was great with the transportation getting to and from the schools. I had a lot of fun. Although it was tiring, I would do it all over again without hesitation. I credit Jim Moore with the idea of bringing me here; and for creating a wonderful program and seeing to it personally that I was taken care of throughout.

    At the final performance I think there were about 100 audience members consisting of friends, family members, faculty and students. It was a very nice show combining different schools who are always fighting and competing with each other under one roof for dance. This is why this program is so successful all over the world. It brings people who would never dream about dancing together in one place.

    My goal for the future is to bring Battery Dance Company to the Dutch Caribbean and to branch off to the other surrounding islands in 2016.