Top dancer in US to sharpen skills

LEADING Zimbabwean dancer and dance teacher Nikki Carter is in the United States for  two weeks to attend a special programme focused on modern dance.

She was awarded a scholarship to attend the Cultural Visitors’ Programme for Modern Dance at the Kennedy Centre for Performing Arts in Washington DC, an event that runs from September 19 to October 5.

 

The programme offers professional development opportunities for emerging performers and participants take part in workshops, attend meetings with US artistes and watch performances focused on their programme genre, as well as other genres.

“This is a very exciting development and will be greatly beneficial to Nikki and to all the dancers whom she teaches or with whom she interacts here in Zimbabwe,” said Eve Stranix of the National Ballet of Zimbabwe.

“We congratulate her on receiving the scholarship to attend the programme and we look forward to her return and to hearing of the many things she has done and been exposed to while in the US.”

Carter has a degree in ballet and is a modern dance and ballet dance teacher in Harare, and she has appeared in a number of Dance Trust of Zimbabwe presentations as well as in various theatrical productions in Harare.

While in the US, she and others on the programme will further their knowledge of modern dance technique through demonstrations, private lessons and open classes, as well as through attending performances of various productions. They will also be taken to various modern dance companies such as the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Alvin Alley American Dance Theatre, Mark Morris Dance Company, City Dance ensemble and Paul Taylor Dance Company.­ — Own Correspondent.