Dance Groups for Every Age
Israel Lovell Foundation warmly welcomes dancers of all ages, shapes, sizes and genders.
Members of our performing arts groups derive a range of physical and mental benefits from learning proper technique and developing their skills. Performing in groups also hones numerous psychological and social skills, including teamwork and confidence. In addition to learning dance techniques, we strive to engage our dancers of all ages on issues that affect them emotionally and socially. These conversations are tailored to the various age groups.
After the first term learning to dance, the fun does not stop there. Our newly skilled, talented dancers enjoy great opportunities to perform before live audiences at various events across the island.
Ages 4- 6
The youngest age group is made up of dancers typically in Reception through Infants B at primary school. Dance is a great activity for strengthening their motor skills and coordination, stimulating their minds, exercising their bodies and fostering friendships through improved social skills. These little ones, like all other members, are also taught key principles and values, including self worth, self love and cultural awareness. The opportunities to perform on stage for audiences help to build their confidence and self expression.
Ages 7 - 12
This junior troupe comprises of dancers typically in Class 1 through Class 4 at primary school. The children continue to learn about Black history and Barbadian history, as they relate to movement and expression, as well as the significance of observed holidays, traditional occasions and upcoming events. Our instructors go beyond teaching technique, as we underscore the importance of nurturing conscious and proud Black girls and boys. We encourage parents to have conversations with their children about culture, race, history and issues arising in our society, so that our children become wiser and stronger adults.
Wototo (Little Ones)
Combined Group: Ages 4 - 12
On some occasions, the Maua and Nzuri dancers perform together at showcases and other events. As a collective dance troupe, ages 4 through 12, they are known as the Wototo Dancers. In addition to their feature in a promotional video for ILF's End-of-Term Fundraising Showcase 2018, the Wototo dancers have performed in the National Independence Day Parade (2018), at church Christmas pageants (2018) and at Girlfriends' Expo (2019).
Ages 13 - 18
This senior dance troupe comprises of teenagers, who are typically secondary school students. Whether these dancers passed through the earlier dance groups or they are new to dance, we continue to teach them the history behind the stories that each choreography tells. It is important that our teachers and troupes are educated on the meaning of the movements and messages in each presentation, not only to more genuinely embody the characters and more passionately present the stories but to understand how history has shaped society as they know it today. These teens also practise physical skills such as balance and spatial awareness, and build physical confidence and self-esteem.
The adult troupe includes dancers from age 19. There is no age cap on this group, as we welcome all interested and capable adults to participate in dance. Adults are trained through beginner, intermediate and advance levels of dance.
Why you should join a dance troupe
At Israel Lovell Foundation, our instructors are trained dancers with many years of experience in various genres of dance including African, Barbadian folk, dance hall, hip hop, contemporary, liturgical and ballet. Many of our past students dance professionally and can be seen performing locally, regionally and internationally with various musicians, as they showcase Caribbean talent.
Our dance groups often participate in the National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA). Across the years our troupes have collected many awards and we are confident that our present and future dancers will have the skills deserving standing ovations, encores and awards of excellence.
Dance is a natural form of expression that improves the condition of the heart and lungs; muscle tone, strength and endurance; coordination, flexibility and agility, as well as general and psychological well-being, among numerous other benefits.