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Dance Celebration Pays Tribute To Professor Rex Nettleford – NDTC To Perform, February 13, 2011, Coral Springs Florida

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The National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica (NDTC) will make a South Florida appearance to commemorate the life of its founder and late artistic director, Professor Rex Nettleford, with an evening of movement, music and tribute at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts, on Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. The Caribbean Dance Celebration, is presented by Jamaica Awareness, Inc., The Diaspora Foundation and the UWI Alumni Association.

The approximately 50-member cast and crew, consisting of NDTC singers, musicians and creative technicians will pay homage to their iconic leader, principal choreographer and dancer, who passed away on February 2, last year.

Among the presentations will be Nettleford’s full-company work, the ancestral Kumina, created in 1971. Dance Captain Marlon Simms succeeded Nettleford as ‘King’ in 2008 and will be joined by Keita Marie Chamberlain, who retains the role of ‘Queen’, originally performed by NDTC founding member, the late Pansy Hassan. Musical Director Marjorie Whylie will guide the singers in the traditional folk form, with support from Master Drummer Henry Miller and the NDTC percussionists.

Since 1962, when the Company was formed, its lavish productions have moved audiences throughout Jamaica and in every country where it has performed.

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