Wolmer's Dance Troupe - Bringing movement to life

Richard Johnson

Wednesday, October 10, 2012    

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BARBARA McDaniel, artistic director of the Kingston-based Wolmer's Dance Troupe, readily admits that she loves mass choreography.

As a result, her stage is usually awash with dancers moving in sync to bring her stories to life.

This was continued during the troupe's recent 22nd season of dance held at the Little Theatre in St Andrew.

Apart from two solos and a duet, the stage was never left with less than six dancers.

Though it could seem crowded, the choreography and the subtext of the work allowed the numbers to be overlooked.

Another thing McDaniel and her team have going is the age group of her dancers which ranges from four to 16 years.

The standout piece of the season was The Year 3000. This futuristic dance set to dubstep music, showcased the talents which exist within the company. Choreographer Stephanie Smith used her dancers to cast interesting shapes and patterns using their bodies. Dressed in full red, the dancers — led by sole senior male dancer Jair Jones — clearly enjoyed this piece and it showed in their execution.

Tribute was paid to the season's special guest of honour, Olympian Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, during the troupe's tribute to singer Whitney Houston.



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