Love To Dance? Then You’re Needed For This Caribbean Climate Change Project

by Carolee Chanona

Soca. Dancehall. Bachata. Reggae. Calypso. Parang. Punta. Caribbean culture comes full circle and inspires the hearts, minds, and bodies of its proud people around the world. Meanwhile, the Caribbean lifestyle is vibrant, carefree, and full of rhythms inspired by the height of the region’s jungle-packed peaks and wave-lapped coastlines. But can you imagine the Caribbean without its beaches, biodiversity, or spirit? This is why climate change is an existential threat to our way of life. As a new activity under its contract with the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), McNab Design Ltd. (MDL) is hosting an open casting call for Belize-based CARIFORUM citizens that love to dance! Join in on this dance project to raise awareness of Caribbean climate change with a soca-based, original Belizean-produced song. This is a paid opportunity, and dancer stipends will be provided.

Deadline for participants extended: February 17, 2022

Rep your country, wave your flag, and speak up against climate change with this fun and interactive dance opportunity. Image: POPSugaar

The goal of these activities is for enhancing climate resilience in CARIFORUM countries, which is the project that’s an initiative of the ACP Group of States funded by the European Union. All Caribbean nationalities and gender expressions are welcomed for this audio-visual project! Experience isn’t necessary, but it’s a plus; your short (choreographed) dance would be a maximum of 90 seconds long and included within a short 3-4 minute video.

Who can apply for this Caribbean climate change dance project?

 

Qualifying applicants must be legal citizens of CARIFORUM countries of ages eight (8) years and older belonging to any of the 16 Member States:

  1. Antigua and Barbuda
  2. The Bahamas
  3. Barbados
  4. Belize
  5. Cuba
  6. Dominica
  7. Dominican Republic
  8. Haiti
  9. Grenada
  10. Guyana
  11. Jamaica
  12. St. Kitts and Nevis
  13. Saint Lucia
  14. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  15. Suriname
  16. Trinidad and Tobago

How it’ll work

Choreography is provided by Modern Dance Movement, and a sample video guide will be provided. Lessons with said choreographer will be available upon request. Film scheduling remains flexible to allow for full participation from all applications and will occur on a weekend agreed upon by participants. Filming will also be done in person, which is why interested persons need to be in Belize.

How can I apply?

In your application inquiry, include name, nationality, location within Belize, age, contact information, and a video sample of experience. All applications should be sent to [email protected]
Deadline for applications extended: February 17, 2022. Header image of courtesy Maya Island Air.

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