International Arts Festival Now on at UWI/Jamaica Dance Umbrella Starts Next Week

L'Acadco-A United Caribbean Dance Force in "Tribute" - Photos contributed by JDU

Jamaica Dance Umbrella (JDU) is a fantastic festival of  Jamaican dance now in its third year. The festival will run from March 3 to 6th at the Philip Sherlock Centre Theatre,  University of the West Indies, Mona.

The festival features an eclectic combination of Jamaican dancers, choreographers and dance companies performing over a four day period.

The Company Dance Theatre's "Sparrow"

The festival “provides a forum for its participants to experience the “dance” that is Jamaica” and is a retrospective showcase of Jamaican dance under one roof.”

This year’s festival features National Dance Theatre Company, Tony Wilson – The Company, L’Acadco United Caribbean Dance Force, Neila Ebanks with regional and international artists from Cayman Islands and Barbados including Christopher Walker (Jamaica / USA) and Artiste in Residence Kevin A. Ormsby (Toronto, Canada).

Tickets for the JDU are $1000 regular and $500 for students with ID.

About Jamaica Dance Umbrella:

The Jamaica Dance Umbrella is not simply an outlet for presentation for local, regional and international artists, it presents opportunities for greater exposure to the arts for audiences and new opportunities for independent choreographers and companies to present their work. Through their programs in arts education, the JDU  is about mobilizing artists and companies to be seen and understood.

This year’s festival will feature Chris Walker, choreographer and former dancer of NDTC, Artistic Director NuMoRune Collective and Professor in Dance at the University of Wisconsin (Madison) and  Artiste in Residence Kevin A. Ormsby who started in the Edna Manley College’s Junior Dance Department and continued in dance to serve as the Artistic Director of KasheDance (Toronto). He has also danced with Garth Fagan Dance (NY) and Ballet Creole (Toronto)

For further information contact: Sean Bennett, Media Relations / Marketing at


Inner Tensions and Dilemmas
Lisa Wilson and Michelle Patterson in "Faced: Inner Tensions and Dilemmas"
Maria Hitchins and Dancers of Jamaica in "I am Music"

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  7. December 5, 2012 at 2:27 pm — Reply

    Just need to clarify date of the Festval this year in Jamaica- we are with Kirk Rowe / KRI
    Please email the competition info with dates

  8. Anonymous
    April 9, 2011 at 1:57 am — Reply

    A combination of art,love,passion,dance,emotions,
    hard work,colours and enjoyment.A fantabulous performance.

  9. lady
    February 24, 2011 at 9:43 pm — Reply

    can’t wait to be there !!! IM FROM COLOMBIA!! and im gnna do a performance !!!!!!!!!!!

  10. February 24, 2011 at 3:41 pm — Reply

    I don’t think they are going to release a daily schedule as the organizers want people to come and check out new works and performers, but will keep you posted.

  11. […] World Premiere will be on February 27th as part of the Arts Festival at the Phillip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts, University of the West Indies, Mona Campus. […]

  12. Safi
    February 24, 2011 at 9:54 am — Reply

    Hey guys, please note the time changes: JDU Thursday March 3rd to Saturday March 5th begins at 7:30pm. JDU Sunday March 6th begins at 5:30pm. Junior JDU begins at 2pm on Satuday March 5th. See you next week! All shows will be held at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts, UWI Mona.

  13. Karin
    February 23, 2011 at 2:37 pm — Reply

    Yep, it’s gonna be great!

  14. Stefanie T
    February 23, 2011 at 12:49 pm — Reply

    Looking forward to a fabulous weekend of dance!

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