The Dance Desk of the National Cultural Foundation is manned by the Cultural Officer – Dance Alicia Payne/Hurley. Alicia has dedicated over 30 years of her life to the Arts. Starting as a dancer at the tender age of three she has covered genres such as Caribbean Folk, African, Hip Hop, Modern, Cabaret, Showdance and Ballroom and Latin dancing.
Alicia holds a B.A (Honours) Creative Arts specialising in History, Dance and Film, and an M.A. Management specialising in Marketing from the University of the West Indies Cave Hill, Barbados. She also holds certification in Event Planning, Public Relations and MMA Fitness Conditioning.
A Dancer, teacher, manager, mentor, judge, coach, choreographer and competitor, Alicia has had a rewarding career with over 100 performances and competitions and has successfully represented Barbados on the regional and international stage.
Her lists of accomplishments include:
– First Coast Classic DanceSport Championship, Jacksonville, Florida – Finalists
– Champions of Tomorrow DanceSport Championship, Blackpool, England – Finalists
– NIFCA Professional Silver Medalist
– Strictly Latin Champion
– Barbados Dance Extravaganza Champion
– Choreographer – Sweet Bottom, Film
– Featured Performer – St. Lucia Fiesta Latina Festival
Alicia has been a NIFCA judge for 15 years and the Chief Judge of the Festival in 2015. She has also judged the Spirit of the Nation Show, Barbados Cheer and Dance competition and numerous pageants. Alicia was the Chief Judge of the Community Dancefest (formerly Indepen-Dance) for 9 years became the Technical Dance Director of the Festival in 2015. For her intense desire for developing and coaching young artists, Alicia received an award from the Community Development Department for her outstanding contribution to the Festival.
The Responsibilities of the Cultural Officer – Dance
The Cultural officer – Dance through the Dance Desk:
– Conceptualises, develops, organises, executes and delivers training and developmental programmes and projects for Dance, Dance Theatre and Movement
– Coordinates NIFCA Dance
– Oversees the activities of the NCF’s Dance Studio
– Oversees the activities of the NCF’s Costume Room
– Assists the Youth Affairs Department with its National Dance Training projects
– Create infrastructure for regional and international dance exchange programmes
From Dance in Education, to teacher training and apprenticeships, the desk is dedicated to the development of all areas of Dance and Movement including but not limited to:
– Choreography and Composition
– Dance Theatre
– Arial and Alternative Movement
– Cheerleading and Cheer Dancing
– Folk Character Movement (Shaggy Bear, Mother Sally, Stilt Walking, etc)
– Dance Fitness
– Dance Therapy
– Kinesiology and Movement Analysis
– Dance Administration
– Dance Entrepreneurship
– Dance History and Research
– Dance Education
The main initiatives of the desk include: the National Dance Programme, Dance In schools, Emerging Choreographers, Fundamentals of Dance Training, Judge’s and Coaches Training Workshops, Expressive Arts Therapy, Local and International Workshop Facilitation, Community Outreach Classes, Teacher Training Workshops, Internship Programme and Adult Classes.