NDTC returns to South Florida for Black History Month Tribute to Rex Nettleford


The internationally acclaimed National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica (NDTC) will return to South Florida to perform for a special one-night performance on Sunday, February 13, at the Coral Springs Center for the Performing Arts in Coral Springs.

The performance will be staged by the Jamaica Awareness Incorporated, a Florida based cultural marketing group, in collaboration with the Jamaican Diaspora Southern USA, and the University Alumni Association, South Florida chapter, under the patronage of Jamaica’s Consul General, Sandra Grant Griffiths.

The NDTC group returns to South Florida following a sold-out performance during Black History Month in February 2007 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale.

This time, the special performance takes the form of a tribute to the late Professor Rex Nettleford, O.M., co-founder and Artistic Director of the NDTC who died last February at age 76, following a brief illness in Washington, D.C.

In keeping his legacy alive, Sydney Roberts, Director of Jamaica Awareness, said that the programme will include excerpts from Nettleford’s highly acclaimed works, and is symbolic of the celebrations observing Black History Month (February) in the South Florida community, especially for nationals of the Jamaican Diaspora.

The late Professor Nettleford was a co-founder and Artistic Director of the nearly 50-member company comprising dancers, singers, and musicians who continue to explore the intricacies of Jamaican culture through their outstanding performances. The NDTC was founded in 1962 at the time of Jamaica’s Independence from Great Britain.

Proceeds from the performance will benefit the Rex Nettleford Foundation, University of the West Indies (UWI).

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