Professional Dancer Sade Bully, daughter of Alwin & Anita Bully, to hold 5-day dance workshop for youth
Photo Credit: Brent Bully
Professional Dancer Sade Bully, daughter of Art & Culture icons Alwin and Anita Bully, is now in Dominica for the holidays, but she will also be hosting a 5-day dance workshop for youth.
Sade is a star dancer and soloist with the internationally renowned Garth Fagan Dance of New York. Garth Fagan is the Jamaican born, Tony Award winning choreographer of the Broadway mega-hit, The Lion King. She started dancing at age of three in Dominica with Jacinta David’s Children’s’ Dance Classes before her family migrated to Jamaica in 1989.
Her parents immediately enrolled her in the Jamaica School of Dance at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts where she learnt the basics of ballet and modern dance under the guidance of lead dancers of the Jamaica National Dance Theatre Company.
At age 9, she moved to the Tony Wilson School of Modern Dance and then to their senior section – The Company Dance Theatre where she was a lead dancer.
Throughout that period, she excelled in her academic subjects, becoming Head Girl at Campion College, one of Jamaica’s most accomplished schools, eventually winning a full scholarship to study medicine at the UWI Mona Campus, where she graduated with honours in Medicine and surgery, a distinction in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, the Allan Berry Prize for Internal Medicine and was Valedictorian of the Medical Class of 2008.
The day after she completed her internship, she set out to New York where she enrolled in the Alvin Ailey School of Dance for two years, eventually performing with the company at the end of her training. Since then she has been a star performer with Garth Fagan Dance based in Rochester, New York.
When she not rehearsing or performing, Sade teaches “Fagan Technique” at the Garth Fagan Dance School, and Modern Dance & Aerobics at the Eugenio Maria De Hostos Charter School. She also works with The Farash Foundation which targets inner city youth and provides them with free, weekly dance classes.
For her dancing Sade has received critical acclaim in The New York Times, New York; The Los Angeles Times, California; The Daily Gazette, New York; The Rochester City Newspaper, New York; The Fjord Review, California, and Arts Meme, California. Most recently she was nominated for a Bessie Award (Dance Oscar) and the Princess Grace of Monaco Award for Excellence.
Sade will teach a five-day intensive workshop along with Mr. Momo Sanno, who is himself an accomplished dancer, and who has performed with leading companies in Europe and America. The workshop is produced by Kaz Kweyol Productions under the auspices of the Dominica Institute of Fine Arts DIFA and the Old Mill Cultural Center Dance Studio.
The workshop will run from January 2 to 6, 2017 in three age groups: Ages 5 to 10yrs; 10 to 19yrs and 20 plus yrs. Call 276-7584 for details.
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