Leading Zimbabwean dancer Nikki Carter is currently attending a special programme focusing on modern dance in the United States.
The programme started on September 19 and ends on October 5.
Carter was awarded a scholarship to attend the Cultural Visitors’ Programme for Modern Dance at the Kennedy Centre for Performing Arts in Washington DC recently.
National Ballet of Zimbabwe spokesperson Eve Stranix said the programme offered professional development opportunities for emerging performers where participants take part in workshops with US artistes and watch performances focusing on various programme genres.
“This is a very exciting development and will be greatly beneficial to Nikki and to all the dancers whom she teaches or with whom she interacts here in Zimbabwe,” said Stranix.
Nikki, who holds a degree in ballet and is a modern and ballet dance teacher, has appeared in a number of Dance Trust of Zimbabwe presentations as well as in various theatrical productions in Harare.
Stranix said Carter would also be taken to various modern dance companies such as the Liz Lehman Dance Exchange, Alvin Alley American Dance Theatre, Mark Morris Dance Company, City Dance Ensemble and Paul Taylor Dance Company.
“We congratulate her on receiving the scholarship to attend the programme and we look forward to her return and to hearing of the many things she will have done and been exposed to while in the US,” she said.
She said Carter and the rest of the artistes attending the programme would further their knowledge of modern dance technique through demonstrations, private lessons and open classes, as well as through attending performances of various productions.
Stranix said the organisers of the programme had explained that their aim was to “energise the work of emerging international artistes in their own countries by bringing them to the US and providing them with instructive and informative experiences in their arts discipline”.
In addition, participants would be exposed to the creation and performance of world-class American art and given opportunities to develop relationships with US artistes.