Jazz, Tap, Ballet on STT
I've done some searching on the boards and there are very few posts (even fewer recent posts) about dance companies/studios/schools on STT. What posts I did find seemed to die out without having the basic questions being asked answered. My wife and I will be moving to STT by the end of the year and would like to get a sense for what exists currently. So far we have found:
French Ballet Theater, Inc.
Virgin Islands Institute of Performing Arts
Caribbean Dance Company (on STX)
Antilles School (appears to have some dance instruction)
My wife is an accomplished Jazz/Tap/Ballet teacher and performer coming from a very vibrant New York dance scene and would like to find a professional home in STT. Any information, advice or contacts would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
You'll have to resign yourself to the reality that on a tiny island with a population of only 50,000 you're not going to find anything even close to a "vibrant NY dance scene". I moved here (albeit MANY years ago) from a stateside community where opportunities for theater, dance and top notch musical performances in all genres abounded. With only the very rare exception, my satisfaction in all that is now confined to enjoying it on the screen. There are absolutely trade-offs and you can adapt but, if top-notch jazz/tap and ballet are essential to your well-being, you'll find what's here very unsatisfying. I think your list pretty much covers all of it. All the best!
Caribbean Ritual Dancers on St Thomas (they represent the VI for most Tourism sponsored events) 340-775-9881
Oh! St John School of the Arts. They have a website (google) and are always looking for talent.
Not sure if Virgin Islands Institute of the Arts is still operating. Don't see them in the phonebook.
Most of the schools have majorette programs instead of dance. Your wife may have to start her own school or offer classes at various facilities on the island(s).
Thank you for the replies. We certainly understand and accept that STT will be nothing like NY in many ways - performing arts scene included. We've both spent time living in the Caribbean in the past and know what to expect and why we're making the move. She really is just interested in finding an opportunity to teach and be involved in theater and dance. We will definitely get in contact with the St John's School of the Arts and check it out when we come down for our PMV - thanks for lead ms411!