Come celebrate Caribbean pride and heritage in NYC with Cumbe!! Representing Trinidad and Tobago, we bring you two Soca powerhouses: Careitha Davis and Candace Thompson. In the workshop these dynamic teaching artists will focus on the movement and energy of West Indian carnival. The class starts with group movement embodying the spirit and history of Soca music. Then we proceed to dynamic interactive progressions across the floor and ends with a sequence of choreography. You’ll party, dance and sweat to the latest Soca hits! Mixing traditional folklore with popular dance styles, this workshop will bring the Caribbean energy you need for the carnival season. Come FETE, WINE and PERFORM! Then go show off your moves at the West Indian Day Parade the next day.
Careitha Davis is a Brooklyn Native representing the twin island of Trinidad and Tobago. She has trained and worked with numerous choreographers and dance educators in New York while also keeping in touch with her cultural roots under the guidance of Shakira Marshall. Recently, Careitha received her MA degree in Dance Education Teaching Grades K-12 and teaching dance at Success Charter Academy, Creative Outlet Dance Theatre of Brooklyn and now Cumbe!
Candace Thompson-Zachery, a Brooklyn resident from Trinidad and Tobago, is a dancer, choreographer, certified fitness professional and cultural producer. She is the beauty and brains behind CanDanceFit; Artistic Director of ContempoCaribe, a choreography and performance project that embodies the plurality of experiences within the Caribbean Diaspora; and Founding Executive Director of Dance Caribbean COLLECTIVE (DCC). Candace has had the honor of performing for major cultural icons in Trinidad and Tobago including Patrice Roberts, Machel Montano, Island People Mas, Peter Minshall and Request Band in Brooklyn. She taught Soca Dance for several years at Mark Morris Dance Center inheriting the class from La Shaun Prescott former dance captain for Machel Montano. She has since brought Soca dance workshops to several institutions including the Brooklyn Museum, Barnard College, Syracuse University, Oberlin College, The Ohio State University and Virginia Commonwealth University. Her teaching philosophy grounds itself in a localised Trinidad carnival tradition, connecting its deep roots to its contemporary forms.