The recital which was dubbed ‘21st Century Stars’ was the culmination of the seven (7) day camp where campers aged four (4) – sixteen (16) engaged in various activities, that improved their dance performance and musical theatre abilities as well as their costume design and modeling skills.
In a press release from the CDT, camp director, Ms. Ozelle Martin said “Many campers walked through the door very timid but throughout the week, it was evident that the confidence of our Stars grew gradually and the end-of-camp recital was somewhat of a coming out party where they displayed their newly enhanced talents.”
The campers who attended the Stars of Tomorrow Performing Arts Camp were exposed to a dance curriculum which highlighted the basics of ballet, modern dance, jazz, African, Afro-Caribbean and Hip Hop.
The Stars, (as campers were referred to) engaged in the Costume Design sessions, where artistic skills were use to make clothes from simple materials that are being used every day. During Musical Theatre, which was another classes taught at the camp, emphasis was placed on understanding the significance of connecting facial and bodily expressions to performance
Co- Camp Director, Ms Iantavian Queeley, developed a Modeling Curriculum, in this class she elaborated on the importance of developing self-esteem and self- confidence. Focus was not only placed on the development of runway and print modeling skills but also on empowering the campers to realize the true beauty that lies within which was also one aim of the camp.
The girls (Stars) were encouraged to become poised, confident, well-mannered, multi-faceted young ladies regardless of future career goals.
Throughout of the camp, camp leaders promoted the use of technology in an effort to bridge the gap between those who currently use it and those who do not.
At each session, camp leaders illustrated how technology impacts the development of the performing arts; exploring robotics, the positive use of social media, using the computer in the promotion of the Arts, music editing, capturing the essence of theatre through the camera lens.
This also led to the youngest group, Twinkling Stars, making and branding their very own laptops, cell phones, microphones and techno-hats.
The Executive Team, Staff and Campers of the ‘Stars of Tomorrow Performing Arts Camp’ would like to express gratitude to the following organisations and individuals who have assisted in moulding the Stars of Tomorrow. The ICT4EDC, Rituals Coffee House, CFB College, Party & Style, Premier Planners, Julie Martin, Heidi Slack, Shirley Adams, Kesha Issac, Liska Bass, Yonik Brand Photography, Agnes Ogletree, Carib Brewery, Department of Gender and Community Affairs and The Little Children Foundation.
The Stars of Tomorrow was a joint project of the CFBC Dance Ensemble, Children’s Dance Theatre, Fireflies Dance School and Pink Splash Media Group. The Directors were Iantavian Queeley and Ozelle Martin and who were ably assisted by Camp Leaders Tama Martin, Krystal Glasford, Jovansia Matthew, Nekirah Nicholls, Candace Richards, Delrose Huggins, Aveney Morris, Donalene Roberts, Akilah Browne and Davina Doras-Cranstoun.