Maritime Centre for African Dance (Traditonal African Dance)
The Maritime Centre for African Dance (MCAD), most recently noted for performing at President Obama’s African Inaugural Ball, was formed in 2005, is an organization dedicated to teaching, sharing and promoting African Culture though the art of dance, to youth and adults across Canada. To date, MCAD has taught well over 600,0000 children and adults in schools, community centres, camps and programs. MCAD is a collective of individuals from Africa who have trained in traditional dances from all reaches of Africa. They will also be doing one dance from the diaspora (dancehall) With members ranging from all across Africa and the Caribbean, MCAD works in communities, groups, organizations across Canada and the world.
Liliona Quarmyne (African Contemporary Dance)
Dancer Liliona Quarmyne explores the marriage of traditional African movement with contemporary dance aesthetics. Liliona has an eclectic background and a diverse set of trainings and experiences. As a result, she wears many hats – choreographer, dancer, actor, dance teacher, singer, community organizer, and facilitator. She has extensive training in contemporary, modern, African, ballet, hip-hop and jazz dance, as well as a BA in Theatre (acting) and a MPhil in African Studies with a performing arts focus. In Nova Scotia, Liliona has taught with the Antigonish Creative Dance Association and through her own Generations in Motion. She is an independent artist, with recent pieces including Resonances of a Warrior Boy, Dressed in Voices, and Tide. For Liliona, the performing arts play a central role in community empowerment, in the development of self-identity, and in deepening our understanding of the human experience.
Caribbean Rhythm (Jamaican Cultural Association of NS)
Caribbean Rhythm is a dance group representing the Jamaican Cultural Association of Nova Scotia (JCANS). The group of girls come together at different times when they are asked to participate in cultural events, or just to enjoy each other’s company. Most of the girls have one or more parents who originated in Jamaica or one of the other Caribbean Islands including St. Lucia, Trinidad & Tobago & Antigua. For the festival, the dancers will dance to a combination of SKA, Reggae and Soca music.
Caribbean Rhythm will dance to a combination of SKA, Reggae and Soca music. SKA originated in Jamaica in the late 1950’s and was the precursor to Rock Steady and Reggae. REGGAE is a popular genre that originated in Jamaica in late 1960’s, and SOCA (also known as Calypso) originated in Trinidad & Tobago in the late 1970’s and developed as an offshoot of Kaiso/Calypso with influences from Cadence, Funk and Soul. Soca is very popular in Carnival celebrations. The dancers are wearing a Bandana plaid print, which is part of the Jamaican National Dress. Wherever you travel in the Caribbean Islands you will be greeted with music made up of these exciting rhythmic vibrations.
La Azulita (Flamenco Dance)
Professional flamenco dancer and choreographer, “La Azulita” has been described on-stage as “stunning”. She performs both locally and nationally as an independent artist, as well as with her own company, Compañia Azul, including in collaborations with the Victoria Symphony, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and up-coming with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Megan teaches in both Halifax and Cow Bay with students ranging from age 4 to 100 years young!