Anticipation is high ahead of the upcoming debut season of dance of the award winning Campion
College Dance Troupe.
The group showcased quality performances last year in the Jamaica Cultural Development
Commission’s dance festival competition, entering seven pieces, winning gold for five, and silver for the other two. On the strength of that performance the troupe moved on to the national finals,
copping National Awards for Best Class 4 Praise Dance, Best Class 5 Quartet, along with the
National Award for the Best Class 4 group and the Award for The Most Outstanding Teacher
in Class 4. There are 60 core dancers, 12 of whom were recently selected to be members of the NDTC Trainee Class.
The Campion College troupe is therefore taking the ambitious step of staging its inaugural
season, to run for a full week-end from Friday, March 18 to Sunday, March 20.
“The dancers have demonstrated that they are ready to take the troupe to the next level,” said
Artistic Director and choreographer Dwright Wright.
“They’re talented, dedicated and committed, and I am confident that we’ll be presenting high-
quality performances to the public.”
The name of the Season of Dance is ‘Campana – the Journey continues’. The season is an
extension of Campion College 50th Anniversary celebration. The title ‘Campana’ signifies
a celebration of the school’s successes over the years even while we seek to build on those
successes and move forward.
A wide variety of dances will be on display during CAMPANA. The dances range from Modern
Contemporary to Popular (Dancehall) pieces.
The theme dance is entitled, ‘The journey continues’ and will be performed by the Junior A
troupe. This dance depicts the hardship faced by slaves who were taken from the Motherland to the New World to work. The piece is very evocative and should be a hit when the Season opens.
There will also be Creative folk dances, both Afro-centric and Caribbean Folk forms. The
Popular Dance section will demonstrate the transition of Jamaican dancehall hall music from
the days of dance hall veterans Buju Banton and Shabba Ranks to the current up-and-coming
dancehall artistes. Several Jazz pieces will also be included.
The highlight of the Season, however, will be the dance drama entitled ‘At the Tomb’. The timing
for this piece is significant as the country will be moving into the Easter season. The dance drama
depicts the death of Jesus and His resurrection and promises to be a very spiritual moment.
Artistic Director and choreographer Dwright Wright is working with Derrick McCarthy as Chief
External Choreographer for Campion College. Guest choreographers have also been invited
to mount pieces for the production. They include Marlon Simms-Dance Captain at NDTC and
Lecturer at the Edna Manley School of Dance, Kevin Moore, also a lecturer at Edna Manley,
Kerry Ann Henry, NDTC ballet mistress and lecturer at Edna Manley. Stephanie Thomas, Kamar
Tucker and Benton Morris all from the NDTC, are also guest choreographers.
The shows will be Friday March 18 at 4pm (for secondary and tertiary students only) cost – $500,
Saturday March 19 at 4pm – $500 for students under 12 age, $1000 for adults. Gala Night will
be Saturday March 19 at 8 pm – cost $1500, and Sunday March 20 at 5pm, cost $1000.
Tickets are available at Campion College and Gym Liguanea.
Interested persons can also reserve tickets by emailing email@example.com.
Written by Dionne Jackson-MillerShare