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DEAF DANCE FESTIVAL SET FOR MAY 13 AT LITTLE THEATRE

The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), an agency of the Ministry of Youth & Culture continues to fulfill its mandate of unearthing, developing and showcasing the creative talent and expression of our people through the National Festival of the Performing Arts that is currently on at the Little Theatre.

The National Final in the Performing Arts continues this Wednesday May 13 with the exciting Deaf Dance Competition, featuring various styles including Creative Folk, Modern Contemporary, Praise, Popular, Jazz and Dance Drama with dancers range from Juniors to Adults.  The Deaf Dance Festival commences at 4 p.m. with tickets being sold at a cost of Adults $400, Children $200 and Students with ID $200.

His Excellency David Fitton, the British High Commissioner will serve as patron of the Festival and will bring greetings before the performers wow the audience.

Director of Marketing & Public Relations at the JCDC, Stephen Davidson, notes that “It is amazing each year to see how these performers move to the various rhythms. I am confident that those in attendance will be wowed and fully entertained at the Deaf Dance Festival.”  He also praised the teachers and coaches for the hard work that they put in each year in preparing the performers for this level of competition.

The National Deaf Dance Competition was developed and implemented in 2006 for the hearing impaired. This annually staged programme seeks to sensitize the hearing impaired to dance forms, subsequently building ease and confidence in expressing themselves. The Competition encourages through movement, the development of a sense of rhythm, creative expression, communication of feelings, and building self–confidence. Residential workshops organized by the Commission for teachers of various hearing impaired institutions provides the necessary support mechanism for preparing their students for the Competition.

This event is sponsored by CHASE Fund, Digital Video Concept and Jamaica Association for the Deaf.

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