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 ‘Masters’ of Music, Dance, Theatre, Fashion & Performance Poetry to impart

 Castries- (April 18, 2016) – Executive Producers of the Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival, the Saint Lucia Tourist Board, is ensuring optimal prioritization of knowledge and skills transfer as an outcome of the hosting of the 25th anniversary of the Festival in 2016. This year, the range of Master Classes booked is unprecedented, and will embrace students and aspirants in theatre, music, dance, fashion and performance poetry.

International jazz artists Chris Standring, and piano prodigy 13 year old Joey Alexander  facilitate a music master class and a music workshop respectively on May 5th and May 6th respectively, at the Saint Lucia School of Music .  Standring, who has developed a series of Master classes for a range of levels, hosts a two-hour class for Intermediate to advanced instrumentalists. He will also dedicate one-on-one time with 1 or 2 recommended advanced students, and as an incentive to the advanced students, promises to bring on 1 or 2 of the students to participate in his dinner set at Windjammer Landing.  The one hour long Joey Alexander Workshop targets students of varying abilities in the 9-14 years age-range.  This workshop will focus on concentration skills and Alexander will answer slightly more technical questions, share his experiences and perform for the students.

Two workshops are planned under the dance component. The first will be under the theme “Life as a professional dancer - Making Dance a Career” from April 27th - April 29th 2016, and targets dance students from various schools. The facilitators will be Shakeena President-Beckford, Micole Aubertin-Murray and Tania Isaac, who is an Assistant Teaching Professor at Drexel University, and a Pew Fellow (2011) and a MacDowell Fellow (2012).

The second dance workshop will be a full week of intensive training lead by working professional dancers and teachers from Europe with the objective of providing participants with technical dance training in a range of styles leading to a final informal sharing with performances from both students and instructors. The project is aimed at exposing participants to the rigor of professional dance training while developing their performance and creative skills in a supportive environment. These workshops target secondary school students currently studying Theatre Arts/Dance, Theatre Arts Teachers with an interest in dance/movement, and local dancers. The two workshops run from April 25th- April 30th 2016, with performance and informal sharing on April 30th and or 1st May 2016.

Under the Saint Lucia HOT Couture component, a free Creative Business Training Session is scheduled for May 5th from 10:00 am-12:30. It will be facilitated by Romero Bryan, a lecturer at the London College of Fashion and Saint Martin’s School of Arts, and will deal with Concept & Fabric Research, Market Research and PR & Marketing.  A second paid workshop on Design & Patternmaking will be facilitated by Myriam Belasse, designer and owner of Atlanta Sewing & Patternmaking Services, LLC.  Belasse’s workshop will take a full morning from 9:30 am to 12 noon on May 6th. The fashion related workshops will take place at the Blue Coral Conference Room.

Joseph Marcell, who will play the lead in Shakespeare Globe Theatre’s production of Derek Walcott’s OMEROS on May 03rd, is also expected to meet and engage Saint Lucian actors. An educational component is also being finalized for the Arts Village, and will be formally unveiled within the coming week.

For more information about the 25th Annual Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival visit http://www.stluciajazz.org.

For more information about the island of Saint Lucia, call 1-800-456-3984, or 1-888 4STLUCIA or visit http://stlucianow.com/.