Hanging out with L’Antoinette Stines

Hang out with Dr. L’ANTOINETTE OSUNIDE STINES and delve into Dancing for a Living on March 26 and 27, 2011 at Two Seasons Guest House, Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica (www.2seasonsguesthouse.com).

L’Antoinette is the founder and artistic director of the international touring dance company, L’Acadco: A united Caribbean dance force, which has performed in the Caribbean (Aruba, Bahamas, Cuba, Jamaica), USA, Canada, Mexico, Europe (UK, Holland, Spain, France), Ghana, and Japan. She has over 30 years experience in dance, entertainment and theatre paralleled by 20 years experience in managing and producing live international events; training and teaching dance to varied technical levels. Her choreographic portfolio includes cabaret performances, theatrical productions, film and television embracing various dance techniques such as folk, modern, African and ballet. She created and developed the Anglophone-Caribbean’s first modern-dance technique -L’Antech, which currently has five levels of certification. She also created the Daaancers H.U.T, which focuses primarily on training inner city youth towards becoming professionals in the art forms of dance, theatre, and Mockojumbi stilt-walking.

She has given dance lessons and workshops to beginners and professionals in Jamaica, Barbados, USA, United Kingdom, and has variously conceptualized, choreographed, judged, or been artistic director for major international events in Jamaica such as the 2009/2010 JCDC World Reggae Dance Championship, 2009 Caribbean Golf Classics, 2008-2010 JCDC Dance Competition, and the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup Opening Ceremony.

L’Antoinette also has experience as choreographer, casting director, trainer, or cultural consultant for films such as Revelation, Miramax Film Company (USA, 2000), Baby Mother (England, 1997-1998), Dancehall Queen, Island Films/Polygram (England, 1997), Ancestral Memories in Dance (Jamaica, 1993); and in television and advertising and promotional campaigns for companies such as Courts Jamaica Ltd., Lotto Jamaica Ltd., Lime, Wray & Nephew Jamaica Ltd. In 1988 she was involved with the Kelvinator advertisement, which was the first complete dance commercial used in advertisement in Jamaica featuring Rastafarian Nyahbingi language of dance.

Her work in theatrical productions includes Jamaica Pepperpot, Jamaica Rundown, 1991National Pantomine – Man Deya, Laugh Jamaica, Cross Roads, Heart Tease, Area Boy, Voices, A Play on the life of Alexander Bedward, Echo in the Bone, Once in an Island, Oliver & Pinocchio, Yard “99”, and Forbidden.

She has choregraphed music videos for artistes such as Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt and Marcia Griffiths (Neighbours),   Ziggy Marley (Look who’s dancing), Rita Marley (Who colt the gameTake me to Jamaica), Arturo Tappin (Breaking),  E.T. Webster (Why),  Count Prince Miller (Mr. Bojangles), Baba Mal (Yele), Mystic Revealers (Righteous),  Foxy Brown, Baby Cham and Spragga Benz (Oh yeah), Wayne Wonder (No letting go), Junior Gong (What goes around), Shaggy and Alizade (Me Julie), and Luciano (I remember when).        

For her contribution to dance, L’Antoinette has been honoured in Jamaica, Mexico, USA, UK, and Trinidad.

L’Antoinette earned her Ph.D. from The University of the West Indies, exploring Spirit dancing (daancing) in patois: L’Antech as Caribbean contemporary nation dance language. Not only has she studied various dance techniques and genres at institutions such as the Martha Graham School of Dance, Alvin Ailey American Dance Centre, Jacob’s Pillar, and the Clarke Centre for the Performing Arts in New York, and at the Royal Academy of Dance and the Edna Manley College for the Performing Arts in Jamaica, but also learned from the indigenous and traditionalized practitioners in Jamaica.

She blends her experience as a dance practitioner with her academic knowledge in lectures and presentations that she has given in the Jamaica, Barbados, USA and Venezuela.

L’Antoinette will share with guests in a small group setting her own dance journey in a one-hour rap session on Saturday, March 26 at 6:30 p.m. Then on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. in a two hour workshop, she will expound on dancing for a living.

The package costs are as follows:

For two persons in a room for one night + two persons at the workshops on Saturday and Sunday = US$165 or J$14,000
For one person in a room for one night + one person at the workshops on Saturday and Sunday = US$100 or J$8,500
(includes full breakfast and liquid break during or at the end of the
workshop. Jamaica dollar rates subject to change until room is confirmed by 10% deposit).

Lunch and dinner can be provided by special arrangement.  There are a number of restaurants in the area, some of which deliver. For further information, please email dance@2seasonsguesthouse.com  or telephone 876-571-0818.

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